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Working Families response to Chancellor’s announcement in autumn budget that that the government will extend tax rules known as IR35

Published: 30 Oct 2018

In response, Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families [1], said:

“Sadly, advising parents and carers on contracts whereby their employer has classified them as ‘self-employed’ – which means they have access to fewer parental rights – has been a consistent feature of the work of our legal advice service in recent years. The Chancellor’s plans to extend tax rules to help ensure that workers engaged and managed on an almost permanent basis are recognised as employees, are therefore welcome. However, the exemptions that remain in place give the appearance that properly applying IR35 is a ‘nice to do’ as opposed to business as usual.

“The government needs to properly tackle imposed self-employment through the tax and National Insurance system. As long as there is a favourable tax regime for ‘employers’, it’s unlikely that any system gaming can effectively be tackled. This is crucial to ensuring that parents and carers in genuine employment relationships have access to all the parental rights that help them balance work with their caring responsibilities.”


[1] About Working Families
Working Families is the UK’s work-life balance charity. We support and advocate on behalf of working parents and carers, and work with employers to create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for all. Working Families provides a range of support for parents and carers, including through our legal advice service.