Chancellors announcement for self-employed and freelancers

March 26th 2020

Support for the self-employed and freelancers

Chancellors announcement for self-employed and freelancers

March 26th 2020

Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement on support for the self-employed, Rozanne Foyer General Secretary Designate of the STUC said:

“This is a largely welcome intervention which will provide relief for many, though there is still a significant potential time delay between now and likely payment time. This could cause real hardship. We need to get this going and more quickly than the Chancellor suggested. Unions stand ready to help make this happen.

“To do this effectively will require a massive expansion in the capacity of the HMRC and a reversal of the staff cuts they have seen. We also repeat our call for an increase in staffing at the DWP.

“The 80% pledge should not take anyone below the minimum wage level irrespective of whether they are directly or self-employed.

“The Chancellor has implicitly accepted that neither the tax system nor the legal status afforded to different workers is fit for purpose. Going forward we need clearer rights and a more consistent system.

“Trade unions will not forget those who might slip through the net and will continue to identify where problems exist and seek remedy for those who are not covered.”

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