Public Service and Demographic Change – LITRG and Tax Help evidence

Published on 1 November 2012

The House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change issued a call for evidence this summer inviting views on how population changes, particularly an ageing population, will impact on UK society. LITRG’s joint response with Tax Help for Older People highlights that the tax system is central to addressing future challenges.

The House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change was established in early 2012 to look at future challenges to UK society such as how the ageing population will affect public services and the relationship between people and the state.

The Committee plans to report by 28 February 2013. LITRG responded to the Committee’s call for evidence this summer, working together with Tax Help for Older People (Tax Help).

Together, LITRG and Tax Help have significant experience in the problems encountered by older people in dealing with public services – most specifically, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). From this and other experience with tax, national insurance and the tax credits and benefits systems we offered thoughts in response to the call for evidence.

The full submission can be read PDF icon here.


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