The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) congratulate David Cameron on his win as he returns to Downing Street but also send a clear reminder to the Government that it should be doing more for the growing numbers of contractors and freelancers who have helped UK plc to get back on its feet throughout the recession and not penalise them.
Tory promises include plans to help create 600,000 new start-ups a year until 2020, keep taxes low and review support for the self-employed which is welcome news for FCSA although it remains sceptical.
Commenting on the result, Julia Kermode, CEO of the FCSA said: “On the whole we are pleased that the Conservative party has been re-elected as they seem to have the better understanding of our sector and seem committed to helping the business community. However, I would urge Mr Cameron and his government to engage with us further and acknowledge the value of contractors and freelancers as he returns to No 10. Some conservative policies simply do not recognise the value of the freelance workforce, and the ramifications of any legislation they might be considering implementing, specifically the T&S legislation, would have a negative impact on the working lives of many contractors.
“Earlier this year David Gauke as Finance Secretary to the Treasury went on record to acknowledge the value of umbrella companies as part of the UK labour market but we still have a long way to go as they seem intent on penalising the contracting community. As the leading trade Association for professional service providers we will continue lobbying and engaging with policy makers to ensure our voice is heard by all parties.”