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Trade union and think-tank give evidence on IR35 changes

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The House of Lords Economic Affairs Finance Bill sub-committee heard evidence on 9 March 2020 from the Unite union and the Centre for Research on Self-Employment.

This evidence session was focused on the modern labour market and the gig economy, to examine the consequences for labour provision in the UK of the proposed extension of IR35 changes to the private sector from April 2020.

Questions included:

  • factors influencing the big increase in the use of personal service companies;
  • how easy is it to test for ‘false self-employment’?;
  • how the proposed IR35 changes relate to the wider context of changes in working arrangements within the wider economy;
  • how to align employment law and the tax rules around employment status;
  • whether there will be any change in the use of umbrella or similar companies as a result of the extension of the proposed rules to the private sector; and
  • whether the government’s policy objectives could have been achieved in a better and simpler way.

This follows previous evidence sessions involving legal and administrative bodies on 2 March, professional and contractor bodies on 24 February, and professional tax and accountancy bodies on 10 February. The committee launched its inquiry on 4 February.

Issue: 1479
Categories: News