Still time to fight new IR35 proposal

The Government’s proposal to change the way contractors are taxed in the public sector is a disaster. IPSE, business groups and it seems even HMRC themselves all agree on this.

Many of you have campaigned alongside us as we fight this proposal by writing to your MP, visiting your MP, using the Twitter hashtag #UnfairIR35 and providing us with guest blogs. We’re extremely grateful and supportive of this.

But it’s not over yet. With three weeks to go until Autumn Statement, there is still time to get in touch with your MP and urge the Government to abandon the proposal.

Write to your MP

A letter to your MP should spell out how the proposed change will affect your business and what you want the MP to do.

IPSE members can download a template letter here, to be sent to your MP, which highlights the damage this proposal would do to your business. Better still, put the whole message in your own words – it may have a bigger impact.

Take a look at our advice on writing to your MP here

Meet your MP

Take it one step further and meet with your MP. On most Fridays and weekends, MPs will leave Parliament and return to their constituency to allow for a one to one meetings with their constituents to discuss personal and policy matters. This is often called an advice surgery.

Ring up or write to your MP’s office and ask for one to one meeting. Most MPs will hold their surgery at their office address, however some may hold them elsewhere – so double check with the MP’s office on where you’ll be meeting. You can find their office address by visiting or

For more information on what you can cover in your meeting, read our guide here.

Join our webinar

We’ll be hosting a webinar to analyse the proposal on Tuesday, 1 November at 12pm. IPSE’s Andy Chamberlain and Kate Shoesmith from REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) will be on hand to answer any questions you have. There is still time to register by visiting our events page.

Contractors are uniting

IPSE is doing all it can to fight this proposal. And by the looks of it, so are all of you.

Continue to update us how you’re fighting the proposal by emailing

We’ve received an overwhelming number of responses already, so let’s keep this up and leave this Government in no doubt of how damaging the reform will be.

Take a stand with IPSE, and let’s ensure the Government abandons this proposal. 


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