New group to represent interests of flexible workers in parliament
by Alan Little
The government has set up a new organisation to represent the interests of freelancers, contractors and other flexible working individuals in parliament.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Self-Employment and Freelancing will be headed by Conservative MP David Morris, who has been fulfilling a government ambassador for self-employment role since last year.
The group will feature MPs from different parties, meaning that a range of views that can best serve the flexible workforce can be heard. The group is expected to discuss a number of key issues during the next year, including the potential impact of HMRC expenses legislation and changes outlined in the recent 2015 Financial Bill.
It will also play a significant role in highlighting the substantial contribution the millions of contractors and freelancers make to the economy each year and their driving force behind the creation of new job opportunities and growth.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) has been appointed as the APPG’s secretariat. IPSE chief executive Chris Bryce said the new group can finally offer a meaningful representation for the self-employed at the highest levels.
He added: “Having an All Party Group shows that politicians from across the political spectrum can get behind and support the self-employed. Our sector faces a number of significant challenges at the moment and the APPG will be a key forum for discussing solutions that work for the self-employed.”
He continued: “Our sector faces a number of significant challenges at the moment and the APPG will be a key forum for discussing solutions that work for the self-employed.”