Remove or extend the time period on tax free relocation allowances

Current HMRC rules around relocation policy is set at a maximum of £8,500 tax free alowance if you move to a new job within 1 year of the offer but with provision for parents of school children to apply for it beyond the year limit which can be granted at HMRC discretion. 

However, what about those people with caring responsiblities ? I delayed a relocation – offered by my employer – for 2/3 years in oreder to continue to provide respite care and a roof over the heads of my elderly parents, one of whom was diagniosed with Alzheimers. Instead I rented accommodation whilst returning home each week end to continue to support my elderly father's care of my mother.

Both parents (in their 80's) died within 6 months of each other and I was eventually able to move to once I had sold. However I was denied the tax free element (on the first £8,500 of the relocation) because of the current regulations. I was informed by HMRC reps that I should have a) turned down the new job offer (a promotion) at the time, b) moved my parents with me or c) put my parents into a home.

So here's my ideas:-

1) get rid of the time limit – its disciminatory and does not incenitivise people to be move to where the work is if they have family commitments. Instead regulate the number of times you can caim it by employer; and

2) an £8,500 tax free allowance for a full relocation is way out of date and needs increasing. 

  

Why is this idea important?

Current HMRC rules around relocation policy is set at a maximum of £8,500 tax free alowance if you move to a new job within 1 year of the offer but with provision for parents of school children to apply for it beyond the year limit which can be granted at HMRC discretion. 

However, what about those people with caring responsiblities ? I delayed a relocation – offered by my employer – for 2/3 years in oreder to continue to provide respite care and a roof over the heads of my elderly parents, one of whom was diagniosed with Alzheimers. Instead I rented accommodation whilst returning home each week end to continue to support my elderly father's care of my mother.

Both parents (in their 80's) died within 6 months of each other and I was eventually able to move to once I had sold. However I was denied the tax free element (on the first £8,500 of the relocation) because of the current regulations. I was informed by HMRC reps that I should have a) turned down the new job offer (a promotion) at the time, b) moved my parents with me or c) put my parents into a home.

So here's my ideas:-

1) get rid of the time limit – its disciminatory and does not incenitivise people to be move to where the work is if they have family commitments. Instead regulate the number of times you can caim it by employer; and

2) an £8,500 tax free allowance for a full relocation is way out of date and needs increasing. 

  

Gay Marriage

Please repeal section 11c of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 – That a marriage is void if 'the parties are not respectively male and female'.

Civil partnerships were a step in the right direction, but let's follow Scandinavia's example and allow gay people to actually marry.  Not allowing it reinforces the perception that homosexuals are different and lesser than heterosexuals.  How can we call ourselves an equal society when gay marriage is still banned; like it's something to be afraid or ashamed of.  It would have no effect on heterosexual couples, and would mean the world to homosexual ones. 

I am a young female doctor, and, like most girls, I dream of getting married one day.  Not civil-partnershipped; married to the woman I love.  I feel so discriminated against, and saddened that my own country's government can treat me this way when I am giving them so much loyalty and service.  It's unbelievable that in 2010 gay people are STILL not recognised as equal members of society.

Please change it.  I want to get married!

Why is this idea important?

Please repeal section 11c of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 – That a marriage is void if 'the parties are not respectively male and female'.

Civil partnerships were a step in the right direction, but let's follow Scandinavia's example and allow gay people to actually marry.  Not allowing it reinforces the perception that homosexuals are different and lesser than heterosexuals.  How can we call ourselves an equal society when gay marriage is still banned; like it's something to be afraid or ashamed of.  It would have no effect on heterosexual couples, and would mean the world to homosexual ones. 

I am a young female doctor, and, like most girls, I dream of getting married one day.  Not civil-partnershipped; married to the woman I love.  I feel so discriminated against, and saddened that my own country's government can treat me this way when I am giving them so much loyalty and service.  It's unbelievable that in 2010 gay people are STILL not recognised as equal members of society.

Please change it.  I want to get married!