FSB join IPSE in calls for better deal for the self-employed

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IPSE has welcomed a new campaign from the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) supporting policies which value and promote self-employment.

The campaign, “Think Self-Employed”, backs up a number of IPSE’s recommendations to improve conditions for the UK’s self-employed, including:

  • Introducing paternity pay for the self-employed.
  • Reforming Universal Credit (UC) to protect self-employed people from losing out because of fluctuating incomes and extending the ‘start-up period’ to make sure self-employed people have time to get their businesses off the ground.
  • Securing a Brexit deal that works for the self-employed, still allowing them to cross European borders without major administrative burdens and additional costs.
  • Introducing tax relief on training courses for the self-employed that provide them with new skills to ensure they can compete in a rapidly changing economy.

IPSE particularly backs the FSB’s concerns over the possible extension of changes to IR35 into the private sector. However, IPSE goes one step further, and calls on the Government to completely abandon the changes after their disastrous impact on the public sector.

Simon McVicker, IPSE’s Director of Policy, commented: “It’s excellent to see other leading trade associations like the FSB coming out in support of the UK’s 4.8 million self-employed. All too often, their enormous economic contribution to the UK goes unrecognised and they are simply seen as a target for ill-conceived tax grabs like the changes to IR35.

“We wholeheartedly support the FSB’s ‘Think Self-Employed’ campaign and welcome its commitment to policies that, like IPSE’s, will guarantee the future of freelancers and the self-employed in the UK. For too long now, Universal Credit hasn’t worked for less financially secure self-employed people and it urgently needs reforming. It is also unjust that self-employed mothers and fathers still don’t have the same security as employees. And making Brexit work for the self-employed must be a priority to secure the future of the economy.”