Shadow Business Secretary shows support for freelancers

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has this week shown his support for National Freelancer’s Day, taking place on Wednesday 19th November, stating that the day “shines a spotlight on Britain’s independent professionals”.

National Freelancer’s Day, organised by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, is the UK’s chief celebration of those working independently in the UK.  The day will be headlined by an evening event in London’s Tech City, showcasing the work of self-employed people from a range of backgrounds. A panel of politicians, freelancers, and business experts will take part in a discussion of the rise of freelancing and what it could mean for the next Government.

Commenting on the day, Mr Umunna said “In recent years we’ve seen more and more people starting out on their own and setting up independently. For many, this can be the best route for people to realise their aspirations and dreams. But there are still many challenges facing self-employed people which must be tackled such as bureaucracy and late payment, while at the same time self-employed people have seen their income fall more in the last four years than those in employment.

“I am a big supporter of National Freelancers Day… and I hope November 19 this year continues to raise the profile of freelancers in Britain.”

Ben Dunn, Finance Director at JSA Services comments: “It’s wonderful that Mr Umunna has leant his support to the day, which celebrates all that is great about being a freelancer. His support shows that the government is thinking about the implications of the rise of people in self-employment, and suggests that policy surrounding self-employment may soon change for the better.”

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