People, some wearing masks queue outside a John Lewis store, in London, Thursday, July 16, 2020. Unemployment across the U.K. has held steady during the coronavirus lockdown as a result of a government salary support scheme, but there are clear signals emerging that job losses will skyrocket over coming months … [Read more...] about Chancellor Rishi Sunak Reportedly Mulling £200 Tax Hike on UK’s Self-Employed to Foot Pandemic Bills
Paying self employed workers
“As part of the next phase of our economic plan to rebuild the UK, we recently announced Our Plan for Jobs to help ensure people and businesses can come back from this crisis stronger.” … [Read more...] about Self-employed face autumn ‘cliff edge’ in coronavirus crisis, warns Labour
“We are launching the redesigned SVAYEM with a budget of Rs 1000 crore which will be spent in the next three months without any banking linkage. The 2 lakh beneficiaries would have to be part of self-help groups, joint liability groups, etc. before September 1,” said finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. … [Read more...] about Assam re-launches self-employment scheme worth Rs 1,000 crore
"The important thing is not to do anything that impacts on the cost of living for normal folk who have really struggled during the coronavirus. And many of them will be worried about their future jobs and won't have a lot of money to spare." … [Read more...] about Rishi Sunak ‘considering cash-grab on self-employed that will cost £200’
Downing Street commented: “There has been a lot of speculation on tax issues — and it is all just that. Tax policy is set at the Budget.” … [Read more...] about Chancellor Rishi Sunak faces Tory fury over plans for £200 tax whack on self-employed
A cynic might think that he’s simply seen which way the wind is blowing, following a string of legal test cases from Britain to California leading to casual gig workers being reclassified as employees with rights. But a pragmatist would say what matters is that, when pushed, companies respond; and that the pandemic may have created a window of opportunity for the chancellor to push a bit further, ensuring platforms recognise their social responsibilities towards people without whom their companies couldn’t exist. … [Read more...] about Why is there still no help for so many self-employed people?