The self-employed are naturally independent people, and don’t tend to rely much on the state for a helping hand. But the Government does have an important role to play in ensuring there is a level playing field for the self-employed – particularly when it comes to tackling the culture of late payments and the UK’s unequal parental benefits system.
There’s also the matter of financial products. Most just aren’t designed with the self-employed in mind, and the Government needs to look into ways to make pensions and other vital financial products work for them. There’s also an urgent need to make sure independent professionals are treated fairly when they’re trying to get a mortgage.
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