We need action to protect the self-employed

The Office of National Statistics has today revealed figures on changes to the self-employed sector in the U.K.

Community, the union representing self-employed workers, says:

“Away from the drama swirling around Number 10, for the people of Britain everyday life goes on. From the figures released today, we know that self-employed workers in this country have been decimated, with more than half a million people leaving the sector in the past two years. Our self-employed workforce is crucial for our economic recovery and needs to be protected.

As the new Chancellor starts his first full day of work today, we call for action to protect our nation’s self-employed. On television this morning, Mr Zahawi pledged to make the British economy “competitive and dynamic” through this difficult period – this must start with self-employed workers. We call upon the new Chancellor to take urgent steps to support self-employed people including widening the access of self-employed people to our welfare system, from sick pay to parental leave, as well as making small business loans available to those who receive social security.”

If you are a member of Community and need help or advice, please contact us at help@community-tu.org or on 0800 389 6332.

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