AMII recently launched a Parliamentary Petition to encourage a debate in Parliament around Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) and to put forward our arguments as to why healthcare insurance should be exempt from IPT.
However, as a result of the recent announcement of a forthcoming General Election, the closing date for our petition has changed. Originally, the petition was to remain open for a period of six month to 5 October 2017, during which time we had to gain 100,000 signatories in order for the petition to be debated in Parliament.
Because Parliament will be dissolved on 3 May 2017 for the General Election, all parliamentary business - including petitions - must stop until after the election. The petitions site will be closed for new petitions and people will not be able to sign existing petitions.
Our current petition will be available for people to read on the site even though it will be closed for signatures. The petition cannot be reopended after the election. As a result we will have to start the petition again when the site reopens after the election, but we cannot transfer existing signatures to the new petition.
However, this isn't necessarily bad news. For our campaign to be successful, it is important that momentum is seen to build quickly - at 10,000 signatures you get a response from Government, which provides an opportunity for us to enter into dialogue about the issue and explain our position and arguments in more detail in preparation for a debate if we reach 100,000 signatures. As such, the current postponement of petitions gives us some time to re-visit our collective approach in the hope that each of us can fully prepare to promote the new petition to every person IPT affects, whether they be companies, employees or individuals.
AMII remains committed to achieving a parliamentary debate on the impact of IPT on healthcare insurance, including how it indirectly affects an already overstrecthed NHS.
Please keep a watch for further announcements after the General Election when we will seek to relaunch our petition with a further 6-month period to achieve our target number of signatories.
If you wish to provide us with any feedback in the meantime, please use the Contact Us form on this website.
Thank you in anticipation of your continue support.