CIOT: Institute and IFS take tax debate to party conferences – and you are invited

Key policy-makers and high profile journalists will be joining the CIOT and the Institute for Fiscal Studies at the main party conferences this autumn for a series of debates on the future of the tax system.

Exchequer Secretary David Gauke will be on the panel for the Conservative conference event in Manchester, his opposition number Catherine McKinnell will speak at the Labour event in Brighton and another minister, Dick Newby, who speaks for the Government on Treasury issues in the House of Lords, will be taking part in the Lib Dem event in Glasgow.

The events will be chaired by Paul Lewis of Radio 4 MoneyBox fame (Brighton), FT Economics Editor Chris Giles (Manchester) and Channel 4 News Economics Editor Faisal Islam (Glasgow). The IFS’s Paul Johnson and senior CIOT representatives will complete the panels.

This is the first time the CIOT or the IFS have held events of this kind. We are aiming to explore how we can build an efficient, sustainable tax system and raise the resources needed to fund public services in the 21st century. We intend to help develop better informed tax policy and greater understanding of the issues and constraints facing tax policy makers.

As well as politicians, party members and media we are inviting CIOT members, their friends and colleagues to attend these debates. Indeed anyone with an interest in debating tax policy is welcome to attend. Attendance is free of charge and refreshments (hot canapés for evening events, finger buffet for lunch event) will be served. You do not need to register your attendance though you will require a party conference pass (not cheap, I’m afraid) for the Glasgow event as it takes place in the conference secure zone.

Further information including timings and venues is available here.

Hopefully see you there!

George Crozier
CIOT External Relations Manager
Tuesday 10 September