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FSB in Scotland cautiously welcomes Taylor review PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
The Taylor Review has been cautiously welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).  

Specifically, FSB welcomes the Taylor Review’s recommendation to crackdown on false self-employment through the creation of a new dependent contractor status.

The report also calls on the UK Government to encourage people who work for themselves to plan for their future, including for potential ill-health and eventual retirement. With more than 300,000 self-employed people north of the border, the Scottish Government and its agencies could have a role to play in this area, FSB suggests, alongside the ongoing contribution from membership organisations.

Andy Willox, the FSB’s Scottish policy convenor said: “Taylor’s sensible proposals try to strike a balance between a fair and a flexible labour market. For example, the outlined contractor status could bring protections to those unfairly treated in the gig economy, without burdening the genuinely self-employed. Ministers and MPs must now protect the genuinely self-employed from being dragged into this new category.”

Earlier this year, FSB launched new research mapping Scotland’s self-employment hotspots. The study showed that many of Scotland’s most prosperous and successful places have large numbers of people who work for themselves.

Andy Willox said: “FSB has long supported and championed those that have chosen to strike out on their own – through both campaign work and membership services. Governments in Edinburgh and London must recognise the contribution of the self-employed, while looking at new ways to ensure these people get the support they need.

“However, the tax system must continue to recognise the risks faced daily by the genuinely self-employed. There should be no attempt to single them out for tax hikes.”

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