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APSCo to give evidence to House of Lords Select Committee

APSCo has been invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Personal Services Companies.

Ann Swain, chief executive of The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) will go to the House of Lords on 16 December to give evidence to a Select Committee which is undertaking a review of the use of Personal Services Companies.

The committee will consider the implications for tax, national insurance and wider issues both from the point of view of workers and their clients.

One of the main areas of focus is the new approach to IR35 and how effectively it is working.  APSCo’s involvement in this debate goes right back to 1999 when the then ATSCo was formed specifically to fight the Government’s proposals for the taxation of small businesses, which became IR35.  APSCo has continued to be involved in the debate, and has sat on HMRC’s IR35 Forum since its inception in May 2011, and so the trade body is well placed to give an informed view.

Commenting on the invitation to appear, Ann Swain said, “While we fully accept that there are undoubtedly examples of abuse, we are looking forward to being able to highlight how PSCs can and are used legitimately in the professional recruitment industry. We will continue to support transparency and probity in flexible contracting arrangements both in the public sector and beyond.“


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