When the Treasury announced the Morse review into the loan charge last year, it was keen to trumpet its “independent” status.
This claim has a bitter ring for opponents of the controversial policy, after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed the extent of the close relationship between the Treasury and the review team.
The tireless work of the Loan Charge All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has found evidence of “clear cooperation and collaboration” between the Treasury and HMRC and the review over dealing with the press. In at least one case, lines were provided for the review team to use, the APPG concluded.
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