Contracting under threat - IPSE needs your help


IPSE are hugely worried by reports that appeared at the end of last week and we are once again calling on our members to urgently raise the issue with their MP. The articles – one in the Daily Mail; one in the Guardian - report the Autumn Statement, due in two weeks, will include a measure to limit contracts to just ONE month, after which the contractor will be automatically put on the client’s payroll.

IPSE has been engaging with the Government on this issue already, making clear any such change cannot be considered sensible in any way and that any such proposal should be discarded. It would make operating a freelance business almost impossible in many instances, and would cause untold damage to the UK's economy. It comes on top of damaging proposals to end travel and subsistence tax relief, increase dividends taxation and toughen IR35 small business tax regulation.

We want the Chancellor to understand just how badly this rumoured change would impact the smallest businesses in the UK. You can download a template letter here, to be sent to your MP, that highlights the damage this proposal would do. Please note there are a couple of highlighted sections that you should personalise. Better still, feel free to put the whole message in your own words.

You can print and send the letter by post or copy and paste the text into an email. Use or to find your MP’s email address.

IPSE really needs your help to stop our businesses being destroyed and the world of contracting being changed forever. We will continue to fight on your behalf so that you can continue to do what you do best – run your business as a business and not a cash cow for Government.

Thank you in advance
Chris Bryce, CEO

Meet the author

Chris Bryce

Chief Executive

Chris was one of the original 2,000 members of the organisation when it was formed as the Professional Contractors Group in 1999 and was a long-time contractor with a strong client base in global scale change management.

Before becoming a contractor Chris had a career in sales and marketing followed by 10 years in senior management in the logistics industry. Chris was appointed as Interim CEO in June 2013 and accepted the role permanently in December 2013.