Small Business Commissioner must have power


IPSE has today (24 February) responded to the Government’s Small Business Commissioner regulations.

IPSE welcomes the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) decision to heed our advice allowing as many microbusinesses as possible, which are seeking redress, access to the Commissioner.

When the Commissioner launches in October 2017 it will be able to handle back-dated complaints from April – another policy change that IPSE submitted.

IPSE Director of Policy and External Affairs, Simon McVicker, commented: “The announcement ensures the Commissioner can aid as many small businesses as possible as well as giving them much needed momentum when it launches later this year. The civil service must have adequate resources to deal with the heavy initial workload and make the Small Business Commissioner an immediate success.

“The Commissioner must be firm with businesses which take liberties with payment terms and this has a severely detrimental effect on the self-employed workforce. Late payment affects the self-employed person’s ability to do their job (both personally and professionally). The self-employed population are dependent on prompt payment to facilitate their ability to pursue further work and pay rent or business overheads.

“Poor payment culture cannot stand in the way of their ability to continue to work and the Commissioner must hold larger businesses accountable.”

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