Driven by Brexit and government policy, the confidence of the UK’s two million freelancers has plummeted to the lowest level on record, according to research conducted by IPSE.
Whilst the battle against IR35 was far from over, there was a growing sense amongst the PCG leadership, and indeed the wider membership, that the organisation needed to broaden its horizons, address other issues and become a fully-fledged, multi-policy lobbying group.
IPSE has today welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling that fees for employment tribunals are “unlawful”.
“This is an example of the Government using a sledgehammer to crack a nut,” the late David Ramsden said of IR35 in a press release announcing the official formation of PCG.
The UK tax system is no longer fit for purpose. It's based on an outdated principle that all income tax payers are employers or employees, which they are not. Not anymore at least. There are now 4.8 million self-employed people in the UK, representing 15% of the workforce.
Today, 30 May 2017, IPSE is unveiling a striking campaign for the UK General Election on Tuesday 30 May.
How to approach the burgeoning ‘gig economy’
Today IPSE released our manifesto: A Contract with the Self-Employed.
A statutory definition of self-employment must be created to end confusion and ensure working for yourself is viewed as a positive, valuable way of working, IPSE called for in its official submission to the Taylor Review of modern employment practices.