Educating Downing St. on The Needs of UK Freelancers

Educating Downing St. on The Needs of UK Freelancers

Let’s kick off with some facts that I’m sure have been presented to the UK Government already: There are 2 million freelancers in the UK (1.77m work freelance in their main job, c. ¼m work freelance as a second job) Between 2008 and 2016, the number of freelancers in the UK increased by 43%. Freelancers contribute £119 billion to the UK economy. As if it needed highlighting, UK freelancers are an integral community within the UK workforce, yet increasingly feel under-supported by successive Governments.  A week before the Autumn Budget 2017, I was invited to attend a trip to No.10 Downing Street, arranged by Enterprise Nation. The premise of the event was to meet with Jimmy Mcloughlin, the PM’s Business Policy Advisor to discuss (a) what the Government could do more to help small businesses and (b) what they’ve been doing well so far. (It was suggested that these sessions run better if we focus on the positive. Easier said than done, I can tell you.) What’s Important to UK Freelancers A week before my visit, I asked the members of Freelance Heroes what I should focus on during my brief visit, and you can download the complete unedited thread of responses here. I knew I wouldn’t be able to mention it all, so I’d planned to get 3 points across, at least: To help move money in the economy, create legislation that gets bigger businesses to pay on time and to agree to fairer payment terms with their smaller counterparts. For example, in Germany: “the period for payment of a purchase price or payment of work performed may...