By Jonathan London on 6th July 2015

Independent review to assess support for self-employed

The government has announced plans to launch a new review that will look for ways in which self-employed people across the UK could be provided with more robust support.

Led by the successful entrepreneur Julie Deane, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company, the review will highlight the contribution freelancers make to the UK economy, while considering how they can be better supported.

It aims to explore why people opt to be self-employed and look at the different types of work they carry out, including freelancing professionals, sole traders and those who are employed but also work for themselves.

Attention will be paid to the challenges and issues faced by the self-employed, especially when setting up or developing their business, and recommendations made as to how the UK can create a more flexible and supportive environment.

Particular focus will be placed on what can be done to provide this demographic with greater security and peace of mind, for example, when juggling self-employment and having a family, buying a home or saving for retirement.

The review is expected to be published in early 2016 and will potentially inform future policy decisions.

Business secretary Sajid Javid said: “As part of our aim to achieve full employment, we want to create an environment that supports people who want to work hard and strike out on their own and makes the UK the best place in Europe to start and grow a business.”

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has welcomed the government’s announcement, saying it could help to tackle some of the biggest challenges faced by UK freelancers.

IPSE previously lobbied the Conservative Party to commit to launching a review of this kind, a promise that has now been delivered upon.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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