In March 2018, the founding members – Richard Horsley, Andrew Earnshaw and Steve Packham – set about raising awareness of the 2019 Loan Charge with the help of a number of other contractors. The aim was, and remains, to create a community where those affected could share information and resources and ideas. This became the officially incorporated NFP organisation called LCAG.
The LCAG now has over 3,000 members spanning most sectors of the UK, including NHS workers, teachers, public sector agency staff, power, gas and oil industry contractors, as well as IT, digital and banking sector specialists.
LCAG campaigns focus on raising the awareness of the Loan Charge Issues and changing the false narrative given by HMRC that those impacted are hardened tax avoiders. We gather evidence from our members to better understand what issues are being faced in order that these can be responsibly raised both in parliament and/or in the media.
Our campaigning has many strands, ranging from speaking with MP’s, public protests against the legislation, using social media platforms such as twitter and writing, or contributing to, news articles. This is all actioned by volunteers, and LCAG’s achievements to date are a testament to the credibility of the strategy.
How do I campaign?
Each person impacted by the Loan Charge, whether they are a member of LCAG or not, should reach out to their MP to explain to them the circumstances that led you to finding yourself subject to the Loan Charge and the true impacts that the Loan Charge has on you, your family, your health and wellbeing. This can be done in the form of a written impact statement, although is always more effective through a face-to-face meeting.
Members of LCAG can reach out to the MP Campaign Team for assistance in speaking with their MP’s.