IPSE ‘cautiously supportive’ of government’s ‘Good Work Plan’

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The government’s ‘Good Work Plan’ has left the IPSE feeling ‘cautiously supportive’, urging MPs not to regulate people out of self-employment against their will.

The Government has launched its ‘Good Work Plan’ setting out its vision for the UK labour future and discussing how it will implement the recommendations from the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

However, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed IPSE) are cautious when it comes to the finer details of this report.

Andy Chamberlain, IPSE’s Deputy Policy Director, explained, “IPSE is cautiously supportive of these proposals, which appear to preserve the flexibility people crave and don’t snuff out the entrepreneurial spirit of people who want to strike-out on their own.

“We are glad the message appears to be getting through that for most people, gig work is good work.

“The overwhelming majority of people actively choose to be self-employed because they value the flexibility of being their own boss.”

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He added, “We are glad the Government has listened to IPSE and have signalled they will introduce legislation to simplify employment status.

“The devil of course will be in the detail, and the Government must ensure it doesn’t legislate people out of self-employment against their will.

“IPSE will strongly resist any attempt to push all gig workers into the worker category, as this deprives people of the flexibility of being their own boss.

“IPSE also doesn’t want the Government to align tax and employment tests, especially if it turns out to be a tax grab dressed up as giving people more rights they don’t necessarily want.”

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