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Although Wednesday’s Spring Budget certainly delivered some positives, many have been left feeling that the self-employed sector has been overlooked.

This is according to the IPSE, which believes that the government has avoided the biggest obstacles facing the self-employed.

Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy at IPSE, explained, “It’s extremely disappointing that the Chancellor has chosen to overlook self-employment in his plans to encourage more people to return to the workforce.

“Over 700,000 people have left self-employment since 2020 – very many of them have not returned since.

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“Whilst the measures on pension allowances and childcare will benefit some, the Chancellor’s Budget for Growth ducks the big issues preventing many more from returning to the labour market on their own terms.

“Addressing the devastating IR35 rules, raising the VAT threshold and increasing the trading allowance would have sent a clear signal that the government values self-employed workers and needs them to drive growth.

“The Chancellor claims he wants to encourage labour market participation, yet his Budget completely ignores the most dynamic part of the workforce – the self-employed.”

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