By Lucas Amin
3m savers pay too much tax on their savings – Almost three million pensioners and low-paid workers have paid too much tax on their savings according to new research
HM Revenue & Customs has admitted that as many as 3.5 million people should have been liable to pay just 10pc tax on their savings, during 2009/10 – rather than the 20pc tax that is automatically deducted. But a freedom of information request revealed that only 718,000 had applied to have this tax repaid.
Save our Savers – the campaign group that is lobbying for a change to the way bank and building society accounts are taxed – said these figures showed that many people are paying far more tax than they should on their savings. A spokesman said: “It is often pensioners, who have low incomes, but reasonable savings pots that are losing out. A recent Parliamentary report suggested that as many as 2.4 million pensioners have overpaid tax on their savings.”
Emma Simon | The Telegraph | 7th June 2012
Carole Ewart: Freedom of Information ‘reform’ is too limited
IT’S always worrying when government ministers boast how good they are at disclosing information that we are entitled to know.
And wen Brian Adam MSP, in announcing the Freedom of Information (FoI) Bill, tells us how good the Scottish Government is getting in disclosing information, campaigners feel the news is being managed.
Ironically, it is what he hasn’t said, and what isn’t in the bill that is the problem. Increasing the range and number of organisations covered by FoI in Scotland is key to any legal reform.
The Scotsman | 7th June 2012
First the ‘targeted killing’ campaign, then the targeted propaganda campaign – Officially, the CIA insists its drone war is a state secret, yet we’re now seeing a concerted PR effort to sanitise its dubious legality
A story in last week’s New York Times painted a remarkably detailed picture of the US government’s so-called “targeted killing” campaign, a campaign that involves the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to kill suspected insurgents and terrorists and, it turns out, many, many others, as well. The story, written by Jo Becker and Scott Shane, discussed the CIA’s choice of munitions, its efforts to avoid civilian casualties, and its method for calculating the number of civilians killed in any given strike. The story also underscored the extent to which President Obama himself is involved in overseeing the campaign – and even in selecting its targets.
The story has already received a great deal of coverage, but two aspects of it deserve more attention.
The first has to do with the targeted killing campaign itself. Long before the New York Times story was published, human rights organizations questioned the campaign’s lawfulness. At the ACLU, we sued over elements of the campaign two years ago, contending that the US government’s then-proposed (and now-realized) killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen would violate both international law and the US constitution.
Jameel Jaffer and Nathan Wessler | The Guardian | 6th June 2012
House to work on Freedom of Information Bill in July
MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has run out of time to tackle the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill and will work on it in its next and last regular session, which starts on July 23.
The House and the Senate are ending their second regular session this weekend.
Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, public information committee chairman, said yesterday he would like to assure all stakeholders that the FOI Bill will be in the front burner after President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 23.
Jess Diaz | The Philippine Star | 6th