IPSE respond to Labour leader’s self-employment comments

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Umbrella company contractors may be interested to hear that the IPSE have responded after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn commented on the self-employed.

During the Labour Party Conference, he stated that tax and social security for the self-employed must be re-evaluated.

IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) Director of Policy, Simon McVicker, commented, “Jeremy Corbyn was right to state that the self-employed value their independence. However, it is important that Labour understands most people who work for themselves freely choose to trade some employment rights, for flexibility in the way they work.”

Commenting on Corbyn addressing ‘bogus’ self-employment, McVicker added, “The small minority of situations where unscrupulous businesses push people into self-employment are very different. These workers should in fact be employees and must be guaranteed rights such as a minimum wage, sick pay and holiday pay. It’s important not to conflate them with the millions of self-employed people who are very happy with the way they work and wouldn’t want to change it.”

Looking at reviewing tax and social security for the self-employed, McVicker said, “We would encourage all political parties to look at ways of supporting the self-employed. Improving maternity pay and pension provision are two areas that should be explored. The tax system has yet to catch up with the way more and more people are choosing to work and needs radical reform to make it fit for the twenty first century. IPSE looks forward to engaging with Labour on these issues.”

 


Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.


 

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