Professor Mark Hart  attended a private dinner with the Minister for Employment Damian Hinds MP and Matthew Taylor (Chief Executive of the RSA) on Monday 27th February in London to discuss the topic of “Supporting self-employed people”.  The discussion was part of the Taylor Review which is an independent review for the Prime Minister into how employment practices need to change in order to keep pace with modern business models. The dinner was attended by a number of other MPs and individuals representing Cabinet Office, Number 10 Policy Unit, FSB, IoD, CBI, SMF, EHRC and Citizens Advice.

The topics discussed included:

  • What are the key challenges faced by self-employed people, especially on low incomes?
  • What policies are needed to reduce the tax and regulatory burden on self-employed people?
  • How can self-employed individuals be supported to grow their businesses?
  • Are self-employed people unfairly restricted from accessing key support from government and others, such as welfare or financial products?
  • What support do self-employed individuals on low incomes need to improve their living standards and businesses?  The dinner was attended by a number of other MPs and individuals representing Cabinet Office, Number 10 Policy Unit, FSB, IoD, CBI, SMF, EHRC and Citizens Advice.
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