Issue date
15 Mar 2017

Commenting on the news that the Chancellor intends to widen his look at the disparities between self-employed workers and employees, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This is a real opportunity for the Chancellor to look at how self-employed workers can be treated more fairly.

“The government should start by looking at the tax advantages which encourage bad employers to push people into bogus self-employment.

“And people who are self-employed should be able to access basic protections like any other worker. That means paid parental leave and pay when you fall sick.”


Notes to Editors:
- The Chancellor wrote to the Treasury Committee today, saying:

“I undertook in the Budget speech to consult over the summer on options to address the principal outstanding difference in benefit entitlement between employed and self-employed: parental benefits.

“We now intend to widen this exercise to look at the other areas of of difference in treatment, alongside the Government's consideration of the forthcoming report by Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA, on the implication of different ways of working for employment rights. Once we have completed these pieces of work, the Government will set out how it intends to take forward, and fund, reforms in this area.”

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