Tomorrow, during the debate on the Finance Bill, Sir Edward Davey, ‘interim’ Lib Dem leader is tabling an amendment requiring the government to scrap the IR35 regulation reforms, originally planned for this April and delayed to 2021.
Reported in City AM, Sir Edward is quoted as saying:
“Self-employed people face an unprecedented threat to their livelihoods due to the pandemic.”
He made the point:
“The Conservative government’s insistence on their IR35 policy risks making the plight of many self-employed people even worse.
Sir Edward went on to say:
“Delaying the change to next April will do next to nothing to reduce the impact of Covid-19 which will be felt for months – if not years – to come. This is not the time to add to the burden of the self-employed.”
This seems a succinct summary. Will the government listen? Let’s hope so!
At this time, interims should be in high demand – over 90% of all work undertaken in the last 12 months, according to the latest IIM annual survey – involves significant client change. Much of this is done in difficult circumstances. This is the ‘bread and butter’ of interim assignments, making this group of highly skilled, highly experienced practitioners arguably the most directly experienced at managing serious change effectively, in the whole economy.
It would be sensible to have your best troops for the economic recovery, post lock-down and through pre and post Brexit activity, in the front line, unhampered. Meeting client needs should be front and centre, without having both parties worry about whether HMRC thinks the practitioner and end client may be involved in some Machiavellian contortion to deprive them of employer’s NI.!