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RSA and economic think tanks questioned on gig economy

21 March 2017

Following a dramatic reversal of the budget statement increase in National Insurance Contributions for self-employed people, the Work and Pensions Committee questions employment support providers, economic think tanks and the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce) on the interaction between the state and the growing "gig economy".

Witnesses

Wednesday 22 March 2017, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 9.45am

  • Sam Windett - Head of Policy and Communications, Employment-Related Services Association (ERSA)
  • Matt Dooley – Enterprise Director, PeoplePlus
  • Andy Chamberlain – Director of Policy and External Affairs, Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-employed (IPSE)

At 10.30am

  • Nigel Keohane – Director of Research, Social Market Foundation
  • Stuart Adam – Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Victoria Todd – Senior Technical Manager, Low Incomes Tax Reform Group
  • Benedict Dellot – Associate Director (Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing), The RSA

Focus of the session

Questions to be addressed include:

  • The disparities between self-employed people and employed people in terms of access to benefits and the steps that should be taken to alleviate these
  • The treatment of self-employed people in Universal Credit, especially in relation to the Minimum Income Floor, and options for reform
  • The extent to which JCP is equipped to help people start, maintain and develop viable businesses

Further information

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