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Attack the rogue minority...but don't fight the UK's talent army says PCG

Attack the rogue minority...but don't fight the UK's talent army says PCG

PCG, the biggest organisation representing the UK’s 1.6m professional freelancers has been outspoken in its condemnation of disguised employment within the public sector. Today, however, in light of the leaked letter from the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, it cautioned the government not to destabilise and discourage the vast majority of talented, tax-paying freelancers in their search for a rogue minority.

John Brazier, MD of PCG, the association for freelance contracting businesses said:

“We should ensure this latest scrutiny does not create a knee-jerk response which causes an anti-business public sector that would cost jobs and growth in the economy. Disguised employment and tax evasion should be investigated and stopped but genuine freelance contractors should not be penalised in the rush to "do something." Genuine contractors contribute greatly to the economy, providing value for money to the taxpayer, and essential skills and services to the public sector.

“By introducing rushed legislation with ill-thought-out timescales, and failing to differentiate between those who abuse the tax legislation and the vast majority who operate legitimately, there is a danger the Government will burden the taxpayer with a massive employment costs bill or, worse still, rob the public sector of a great pool of talent. Amidst this debate we should reflect on the number of government departments which rely on the flexibility and skills of freelancers with a specific talent that can be used where and, importantly, when they are needed"

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