Fighting IR35

Fighting the IR35 Budget announcement

At IPSE, we understand that you, the self-employed, are some of the hardest working people in the UK – and contribute more than your fair share to the economy.

That is why it is nothing less than outrageous that the government should choose to punish you by extending the ill-considered and hugely damaging changes to IR35 from the public sector to hard-working self-employed people in the private sector.

But nevertheless, that is exactly what the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced he would do by April 2020 in his Budget speech on Monday 29 October.

The changes to IR35 have been a disaster in the public sector – not only for the self-employed, but for many vital public sector bodies. We must not allow them to wreak the same havoc in the private sector.

How you can help

We urgently need real and verifiable case studies of the damage caused by these changes to the public sector - if not from you, ask other contractors. We're especially interested in NHS case studies and also anything Intelligence/Security related. Please also send any thoughts you have to

There are a number of other practical steps you can take too:

  • Tweet/Share/Retweet anything and everything you see from IPSE or others on this (@teamIPSE, @IPSEWestminster)
  • Point your colleagues to this IPSE page short link:-
  • Write to your MP. Details on how to go about doing this can be found below.
  • Become an IPSE member! 
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Write to your MP


IPSE has been campaigning long and hard against IR35 and the changes to it. We’ve done the ground work in government, industry and the media. Now we want you to add your voices to the struggle and help us stop these disastrous plans once and for all.

Join the struggle and add your voice to ours by writing to your MP.

If you don’t know who your local MP is, you can find out by using the finder below.

The letter is always more effective if it is personalised, written in your voice and draws on your own experiences.

If you are going to write your own letter, here are some points to consider using. 

Make sure to stress how extending the changes would affect you personally – and what impact it might have on your voting intentions. 

Otherwise you can download our template letter.

Write to your MP to protest this change 

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