Government announce ‘freelancer tsar’. IPSE – UK’s top self-employed body – praises move

The Government celebrated National Freelancers Day  (NOV 19TH) by announcing the appointment of David Morris, Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, as the UK’s first ever self- employed ambassador who will bang the drum for freelancers throughout the UK.

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, has welcomed the appointment of the ‘freelancer tsar’.

Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs, said:

David Morris MP by Andrejpwalker (CC BY SA 3.0)

David Morris MP by Andrejpwalker (CC BY SA 3.0)

“The appointment of an ambassador for our sector shows that the Government are ready to take action on the issues facing the millions of people working independently across the UK. It is immensely encouraging to hear Mr Morris, MP for Morecambe & Lunesdale and a small business owner himself, will champion our cause at the very heart of Government.”

The Government also announced they are considering introducing maternity pay for self- employed mothers to support the number of women joining the freelance ranks.

Matthew Hancock, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Energy said:

“We’re looking at maternity pay and pensions. It’s not like being in a big company where someone can cover for you.”

IPSE’s Simon McVicker added: “IPSE’s recent manifesto called for representation of the self-employed in Government, and for action on maternity pay and pensions. We are delighted that Business Minister, Matthew Hancock, has acted on our suggestions so enthusiastically.”

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