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APSCo RESPONDS TO EARLY DAY MOTION ON TRAVEL AND SUBSISTENCE SCHEMES

APSCo RESPONDS TO EARLY DAY MOTION ON TRAVEL AND SUBSISTENCE SCHEMES

Commenting on an Early Day Motion by Labour MP Michael Connarty on abuse of travel and subsistence schemes, APSCo’s CEO, Ann Swain says:

“This is the second time in as many weeks that the staffing industry has been unfairly targeted by Labour MPs.  Problems with travel and subsistence schemes in the lower-paid, more vulnerable end of the market, should be identified and addressed, but it’s just wrong to assume that this affects the recruitment industry as a whole.

APSCo is concerned about the lower-paid more vulnerable sectors of the staffing industry where workers can be compelled to falsely classify part of their pay as expenses.  However, this behaviour is not indicative of the professional staffing sector, where highly paid, and skilled individuals choose to work through limited companies to provide business consultancy services.

APSCo is very aware that there are unscrupulous companies out there that choose to act outside of the law, which is why all APSCo’s members are required to undergo compliance checks before becoming members, and on a regular basis thereafter.

APSCo takes the compliance of its umbrella companies extremely seriously, and encourages and supports all efforts to improve the standard of such services.  We believe that the majority of umbrella companies work within the law, and we would not want to see yet more legislative change, which seeks to address a specific problem, and yet by the nature of its “one size fits all” approach damages the whole freelance sector, which is extremely important to the UK economy.

APSCo has already met with Government twice in recent months to discuss the thorny issue of tax avoidance, and how this might be dealt with within the industry, and we will continue to lobby on behalf of members and affiliate members, to get the professional staffing sector’s unique viewpoint across. APSCo is pleased that Mr Connarty’s motion has not excited the interest of his colleagues, having attracted only four other signatures. We would welcome a discussion with Mr Connarty or his colleagues from any Party on how to address tax avoidance and the importance of the professional staffing sector.”

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