Fiona Bruce has signed EDM 802, below, in support of her constituents who worked for Roadchef at Sandbach motorway services.
Fiona has also recently written to the Treasury Select Committee requesting an Inquiry.
Speaking from Parliament, Fiona Bruce said, “It is completely inequitable that after so many years that the many former employees of Roadchef are still waiting for their fair provision from the Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust. It was shortly after I became an MP here that constituents firstly came to see me about this in Sandbach and I commend them for continuing to fight for justice. I confirm that I as a member of the cross-party group of MPs who have joined together to seek justice for our constituents will continue to play my part in Parliament to press for payment of the sums rightfully due to these longsuffering former employees, many of whom are now of a certain age and not all in good health.
It is quite wrong that this is being held up by a dispute within HMRC, which is why I have written to the Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, Mel Stride MP, requesting an Inquiry into this unjust tax claim scandal.”
Early Day Motion #802: Roadchef Employee Benefit Trust - https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/57359/roadchef-employee-bene….
"That this House deplores the failure to date of HMRC to propose a resolution to the dispute with the Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust; notes that Honourable Members and Ministers have been informed by HMRC that they are seeking a resolution but regrets HMRC’s considerable delay in proposing a resolution, further notes that the scandal affecting over 4000 mainly low paid catering and cleaning staff working at Roadchef Motorway Services including Norton Cranes, Taunton Dene, Tibshelf, Sandbach, Clacket Lane, Strensham, Rownhams, Killington Lake, Pont Abraham, Annandale Water and Harthill has been ongoing for over 30 years; is saddened to note the recent death of Tim Warwick the Company Secretary who exposed the Roadchef share scandal perpetrated by former Chief Executive Tim Ingram Hill; notes that other beneficiaries have also died waiting for HMRC to decide what tax, if any, they and the Trust should be liable for despite Parliament's intention that such employee benefits schemes should be tax free; calls on the Chief Executive of HMRC to meet with the Trust with proposals to resolve this matter urgently; and calls on the Government to propose legislation to protect participants of employee benefit schemes from the unscrupulous actions of trustees as occurred in the Roadchef case."