By Jonathan London on 24th September 2015

All-party parliamentary group for self-employment and freelancing launched

All-party parliamentary group for self-employment and freelancing launched

The interests of freelancers and contractors will be better represented in government thanks to the formation of a new all-party parliamentary group (APPG).

A first meeting for the new APPG for Self-Employment and Freelancing was held earlier this month on September 15th, with the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) serving as secretariat to the group.

The organisation is chaired by the government’s ambassador for self-employment David Morris and includes MPs from across the political spectrum. Its purpose will be to raise awareness within parliament about self-employment and freelancing as great ways to work.

It is hoped that by acting as a voice for the sector in Westminster, the APPG will be able to highlight the contribution freelance workers make to the UK economy, as well as drawing attention to the unique and specific challenges they face.

Mr Morris said: “The self-employed and freelancers make such a difference to the economy, so it’s important to give them a strong voice in parliament. This new all-party group will highlight the huge contribution these 4.5 million people make to the economy and will provide a platform for their views to be heard.”

IPSE chief executive Chris Bryce also welcomed the formation of the APPG, saying it will be “a key forum for discussing solutions that work for the self-employed”.

The inaugural meeting of the new group included a discussion on its programme of work for the next 12 months, including the government’s upcoming review of self-employment, which will be led by Julie Deane, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company.

It aims to explore why people opt to be self-employed and look at the different types of work they carry out, as well as examining the challenges and issues they face, and potential measures to provide this demographic with greater security and peace of mind.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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