Sport – Taxing Questions

Richard Baldwin has set out the strong case for another look at the way we tax sport in the UK in an article for the World Sports Law Report. This subject area is always difficult for law makers – because most of the high-profile cases are about very well paid athletes in a variety of…

New Club is Born–same old score for Birstall

Congratulations to Sileby RFC for a warm welcome to their new ground and opening matches on Saturday. It has been a remarkable journey for Sileby and those involved in getting a club off the ground and up and running so quickly deserve praise. This is what grassroots sport is all about – the hard work…

Blair – What more can be said?

From September 1st I decided I would start blogging again. I hoped to restrict my blogging to the new world I now inhabit – sport and faith around the political class. So I imagined the first blog being about something sporty or faith based. Instead my day was dominated by everybody asking my views about…

Regulatory Burden on Sport

I have been asked to attend and take part in the CCPR review of regulatory burden on sport. Funnily enough this was one of the things I put into the Labour manifesto too – so once again there should be good cross-party support for anything that comes out of this review. The details are below,…

Playgrounds at risk under coalition cuts

According to Channel 4 News hundreds of playground developments across England are up for the chop as part of the growing list of cuts. It looks like the Department for Education have put the brakes on the scheme we set up to deliver 1,500 new play areas.  This was part of Labour’s £235m Playbuilder Scheme…

Tax & Sport

It comes as no surprise that the following story has appeared again today. It looks like it is a story that will run and run. As other countries create tax free havens for sports stars our tax laws start to look out of date. Or do they? Should we be always chasing the tax free…

UKSport & Sport England to be Merged

So Jeremy Hunt the SoS for DCMS has gone further than feared today and announced that Sport England and UKSport will now ‘merge’ in plans set out in Parliament today. When I was writing our manifesto on sport we looked at merger. At a very simple level it looks attractive. But like so much of…