A NUMBER of protests will be held later today (Saturday December 7) by campaigners who want Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid to scrap the Loan Charge.

The Loan Charge campaigners are set to protest outside Rubery Memorial Club from noon to 3pm and then again outside Mr Javid's High Street office from 4pm.

A statement from the Loan Charge Action Group said it would "lay seven wreaths and light seven candles to highlight the seven suicide victims of the Loan Charge tax".

The group, which insists its protest will be peaceful, says it represent tens of thousands of contract workers nationwide who face life-changing retrospective tax bills.

A spokesman said: "Loan charge campaigners plan to be outside two public meeting venues to greet Savid Javid and his constituents with wreaths, candles and placards where they aim to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer directly if he will now commit to suspending the Loan Charge should the Conservative party be re-elected to government on 12th December."

The Loan Charge legislation was introduced by the Conservatives in their 2017 Budget and came into effect in April 2019.

It allows HMRC to pursue retrospective tax on employment schemes going as far back as 1999 while removing all protections and right of appeal.