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Federation of Small Businesses

FSB welcomes Julie Deane’s review of self employment

15 February 2016 13:45


FSB welcomes Julie Deane’s review of self employment

On the day that founder of The Cambridge Satchel Company Julie Deane OBE has published her independent review of self-employment in the UK, Mike Cherry, Policy Director for the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

“The UK relies on millions of hard working self-employed entrepreneurs who are playing an ever more important role in our economy. They bring unbeatable flexibility to our workforce while allowing many people to realise their dream of becoming their own boss, taking real control of their working lives.

“As someone who founded and built a small business of her own, our members see Julie Deane as one of their own, fully supporting the work she has done as part of this review. Choosing to become self-employed is far from an easy path to take and the Government is right to seek to improve the safety net to catch people if they are unexpectedly unable to work.

“We encourage Ministers to read this report carefully and take on board its recommendations. Particularly important are the recommendations to bring Maternity Allowance into line with Statutory Maternity pay and those relating to access to more flexible finance solutions. For too long the self-employed have been frozen out of getting fair access to mortgages, insurance products and pensions”

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About Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has around 200,000 members across 33 regions and 188 branches.

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