RPC have been in talks with Counsel to discuss the next steps and further time is needed to consider this. This will be the last update we expect from RPC this year and the regular updates will resume in the new year.
2020 has been a difficult year. The focus for the self-employed at the beginning of the year was the imminent implementation of the new off-payroll rules. At the eleventh hour, the government decided to delay the rollout for 12 months but by that time the damage had been done for many small businesses and contractors.
By March 2020 Covid-19 was taking hold globally. It impacted people’s physical and mental health and tragically lives were lost. The damage to the economy resulted in businesses failing and job losses with many being unable to meet financial obligations. Whilst the government put in place aid for various industry sectors, once again, the self-employed were left without any meaningful support package.
By September 2020, LC victims, many of whom were severely impacted by events up to that point, were then given the ultimatum of choosing between settlement or paying the loan charge. In either case, the debt has always been unproven and the life changing sums of money being demanded simply don’t exist. The settlement option has been particularly punitive whilst the loan charge acts retrospectively and payment of such doesn’t result in full and final closure of the alleged debt.
Whatever course of action individuals have taken in September, there are feelings of anger, disappointment and frustration, not only for the implementation of such draconian legislation but also for the Government’s total lack of support and compassion for LC victims during this pandemic.
With parliamentarians having tried and failed to find a solution, the only option left for LC victims is to seek redress through the courts. LCL vows to continue the fight and whilst the legal process is slow, progress has been made and will continue in the new year.
As this year draws to a close the message remains one of strength, hope, and togetherness. To battle through any one of the hardships this year takes courage but to go through them all takes resilience and determination. LC victims will not give up, we will not go away and we will fight for justice for those that were lost on the way.
RPC and LCL thank you for all the support you have shown throughout the year. We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!