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HMRC have today announced their intention to target independent professionals, contractors and consultants who have used what they describe as a “particularly aggressive” type of tax avoidance scheme. 

PCG’s policy intern Josh Morgan-Hobbs reports back from the latest Treasury Select Committee Hearing at the Bank of England.
 

PCG, the representative body for independent professionals and the self-employed, has responded to today’s accusations that HMRC have poorly managed an IT project costing the taxpayer over £10 billion. 

Andy Chamberlain, Senior Public Affairs Manager at PCG, said:

PCG, the representative body for independent professionals and the self-employed, has today welcomed the news that senior Government Minister, Esther McVey, is backing self-employment as a positive choice for young people.

Shadow Business Minister, Ian Murray MP, has backed a nationwide search for the UK’s best self-employed professionals.

The 18th of July saw PCG hold their second Freelancer Moneybox event at the elegant One America Square, writes Nathan Onraet-Wells, Marketing Intern at PCG.

Join us for our industry special episode of PCG Live where our panel of experts will look at freelancing in Public Relations.

According to data from the latest Freelance Confidence Index, released today by PCG, self-employed people should buck the trend for wage stagnation over the next 12 months as day rates for freelancers are expected to rise.
 

This week’s Cabinet reshuffle has been packed full of surprises and Prime Minister, David Cameron, has shown he is ready for the upcoming general election battle, writes Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at PCG.

Today’s news from the ONS that self-employment has continued to rise at a record rate is cause for celebration, according to PCG, the representative body for independent professionals. 

Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs at PCG, said:

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25/07/2014 15:55
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25/07/2014 15:44
Press release: HMRC targeting offshore loan schemes used by ‘1% of contractors’ http://t.co/8PLswMmg97
25/07/2014 11:01
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25/07/2014 11:00
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25/07/2014 10:55
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25/07/2014 10:53
.@ms_organised, "#freelancers have an ability to make you feel confident in their own ability. You feel safe engaging with them."
25/07/2014 10:51
.@ms_organised, "I agree. On particular project or to fill skills gaps, #freelancers are perfect - there when you need them, committed."
25/07/2014 10:50
.@louisclarkPCG, "Yes, like in many industries, agencies now use #freelancers as tools for growth without risk."
25/07/2014 10:49
Are PR agencies engaging more with #freelancers today? #PCGLive
25/07/2014 10:47
.@ms_organised "The responsibility lies with the #freelancer to use social media effectively. It often leads to work in this day & age."
25/07/2014 10:46
.@ms_organised of @CIPR_UK : "Absolutely. Twitter, Facebook, Blogs are great ways to build your profile as a #freelancer."
25/07/2014 10:44
David asks the panel whether social media is an effective tool for your brand. #PCGLive
25/07/2014 10:43
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25/07/2014 10:42
.@ms_organised of @CIPR_UK, "#networking is indeed a skill. You are representing your brand. Remember to bring a business card though!"
25/07/2014 10:40
.@louisclarkPCG, "Networking is vital in this line of work. Anyone and everyone can give you work. Getting yourself out there is important."
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25/07/2014 10:37
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25/07/2014 10:35
.@louisclarkPCG "Our stats tell us that #freelancing as a whole is growing. PR is often project based, which suits independents hugely."
25/07/2014 10:32
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25/07/2014 09:31
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24/07/2014 10:39
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23/07/2014 16:54
Press release: PCG responds to HMRC’s poor management of costly IT project http://t.co/0r1QUJeN42
23/07/2014 13:35
23/07/2014 11:28
RT @SimonMcVicker: .@EstherMcVeyMP great article in the Telegraph today on #selfemployment - here is our rection http://t.co/w0BkqAV8Dd
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23/07/2014 09:42
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22/07/2014 16:45
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21/07/2014 12:07
Press Release: Shadow Business Minister backs search to find UK’s best self-employed professionals http://t.co/oLN3SpohEv
21/07/2014 11:09
@naturalborntech I've checked with the events team and you are registered. Sorry for the glitch - hope you enjoy the webinar!
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20/07/2014 16:25
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