After a big build-up and rising hopes of sanity breaking out within government ranks, the amendment produced by Conservative back-benchers and led by David Davis MP came to nought: completely unsupported by the Labour party who sat on their hands en-mass and did nothing to recognise the scale of the problem.
This is disappointing as a result, in spite of a number of MPs raising the salient points that readers will be largely familiar with.
Most disappointing of all perhaps, is the rather fatalistic comment from Mr. Norman saying:
“It’s hard to see any genuine rationale for any further delay.”
This comment flies in the face of genuine expressed concerns in the debate, myriad warnings from a host of relevant bodies from across the whole freelancer spectrum and last but no means least, the recent extremely damning report on the findings of the House of Lords already reported on here and extensively across the informed media.
So, a battle lost but the ‘war’ goes on. The committee and report stages now offer an opportunity to continue the message that this is bad legislation: layer upon layer of modification over the last 20 years, none of which has really improved matters for interims – or any freelancer come to that.
Please take time to contact your MP to express your dissatisfaction. You can do that here
We are interested to hear from any interims who would be happy to help with getting the message across.