A cross-party alliance made up of 55 MPs have signed an open letter urging Chancellor George Osborne to launch a strategic review of the legislative framework governing contractors.
The letter, sponsored by the employment intermediary trade body PRISM, attracted support from 55 MPs including treasury select committee member Helen Goodman MP, shadow SNP treasury spokesman Roger Mullin and SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie.
PRISM says if the chancellor does grant a review that it expects the planned removal of travel & subsistence (T&S) relief for freelancers and contractors would be delayed.
Commenting on the level of support from MPs, Crawford Temple, chief executive of PRISM, said it would seem reasonable for the government to consider delaying the impending changes to T&S pending the outcome of a review.
Goodman backed Temple’s calls for a review adding it is in everyone’s interests for the “hodgepodge, ad hoc” arrangements that have been built up to be reviewed, so that a “productive and well-functioning” system can collect the right amount of tax, as well as protecting workers’ rights and privileges.
Signatories to the letter came from the following parties: Scottish National Party 40; Labour 7; Liberal Democrats 2; Conservative 2; Ulster Unionist Party 2; Democratic Unionist Party 1; Plaid Cymru 1.
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