Monthly Press Roundup May 2022: IR35, PAC report and more
- 01 Jun 2022
Over the past month, we at IPSE have been working with national journalists and broadcasters in covering the impact of IR35 on self-employed workers.
For instance, at the start of May, we worked with the Sunday Times in covering employment status rules. The article looked at the difference between employees and contractors and featured insight from management consultant, Mark McAleer. In the piece, Mark talked about the reforms to IR35 in April 2021 and how he has been struggling to find work without signing up to a fixed-term contract.
We have also worked with the Financial Times in covering IR35. The article in the FT looked into the rise of umbrella companies since the flawed reforms. It featured research from us as well as insight from our Director of Policy, Andy Chamberlain, and freelancer Fiona McCarthy. Overall, the article stated that thousands who proudly consider themselves as self-employed are being pushed into umbrella companies under disadvantageous conditions.
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Public Accounts Committee’s IR35 report
Last week, we responded to the Public Accounts Committee’s report on the implementation of IR35 in the public sector.
We stated that the report was a damning indictment of the IR35 rules. We also said that it showed that the flawed reforms have had devastating consequences for hirers and self-employed workers alike, with thousands of self-employed workers losing public sector contracts since the changes to off-payroll work in 2017, while government departments have been left shouldering huge tax bills.
Our response was picked up by a number of publications including Contractor UK and LBC. On LBC, our Director of Policy, Andy Chamberlain, spoke on the Shelagh Fogarty programme about the need to reform IR35 and help thousands of freelancers struggling with the flawed changes to off-payroll work.
Future of Work review
Near the start of the month, the government announced that it was launching a review into the future of work under Matt Warman MP.
We responded to the news in publications such as ContractorUK by stating that we looked forward to contributing to the report’s findings.
Since our initial response, we have spoken to Matt Warman MP about IR35 as well as a number of other issues impacting self-employed workers and we plan on working further with him over the coming months.
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