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‘Budget for Growth’ delivers some positives but “ducks the big issues” holding back millions of self-employed
- 15 Mar 2023
Responding to measures announced at today’s Budget statement, IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) has accused government of avoiding the biggest obstacles facing the self-employed and preventing thousands more from leaving economic inactivity, despite welcoming reforms to childcare provision and pension rules.
Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE, said: “It’s extremely disappointing that the Chancellor has chosen to overlook self-employment in his plans to encourage more people to return to the workforce.
“Over 700,000 people have left self-employment since 2020 – very many of them have not returned since. Whilst the measures on pension allowances and childcare will benefit some, the Chancellor’s Budget for Growth ducks the big issues preventing many more from returning to the labour market on their own terms.
“Addressing the devastating IR35 rules, raising the VAT threshold and increasing the trading allowance would have sent a clear signal that the government values self-employed workers and needs them to drive growth. The Chancellor claims he wants to encourage labour market participation, yet his Budget completely ignores the most dynamic part of the workforce – the self-employed.”
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