IPSE back FSB’s campaign for better self-employment deal

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The ‘Think Self-Employed’ campaign aims to support policies that value and promote self-employment, including simplifying the tax system, saving for the future and having equal access to finance products.

The IPSE is backing a new FSB campaign that is calling on the government to think more about the self-employed and to provide additional support to all 4.8 million of them.

The IPSE has said that the ‘Think Self-Employed’ campaign backs up a number of their recommendations to improve conditions for the UK’s contracting sector.

In the FSB’s campaign, they are asking for:

  • Simplifying the tax system – the government should maintain their commitment and abolish Class II NIC in April 2018, to simplify the tax system and remove the arbitrary levy.
  • Saving for the future – to better support the self-employed to save into a pension.
  • Giving new starters a step up – for many, the application of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) after a year could prevent successful business growth and so the FSB says government should extend the start-up period from 12 months to at least 24 months.
  • Starting and growing a family – the government should introduce paternity pay and an adoption allowance based on the current maternity allowance.
  • Preparing for the worst – the government should work with the insurance industry to support the development of more affordable income protection insurance options for the self-employed.
  • Training – tax relief for training courses should be introduced and not just for refreshing existing skills, but for developing new ones too.
  • Equal access to finance products – this includes barriers that prevent many self-employed workers from accessing mortgages, bank loans and certain insurances.

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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.”

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