Now that self-employed people represent almost 5% of the UK workforce, having grown by more than 100,000 over the last year, the FSB say they need fair treatment form Government.
Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, says the self-employed community is an increasingly critical driver of economic growth in the UK.
He said: “As they battle spiralling inflation and a new wave of political uncertainty, the last thing they need is for the Government to revisit failed plans for a national insurance hike.
“Instead of hitting them with tax increases, this new administration should address discrepancies in the treatment of the self-employed and employees under the welfare system, such as wrestling with a Universal Credit system that’s incompatible with their unpredictable incomes.
“In this unforgiving climate, the Government should be doing all it can to support the nation’s strivers. Bringing the Maternity Allowance closer in line with Statutory Maternity Pay and exploring the feasibility of Statutory Paternity Pay for all eligible self-employed parents would be a welcome starting point.”
FSB launched a successful ‘stop the 2%’ campaign following the NICs increase announced at the Spring Budget.