FCSA: UK economy will suffer as travel & subsistence cuts go ahead
The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) today expressed its disappointment that the Government’s plans for travel and subsistence expenses cuts for contractors are going ahead. It claims that the Government has not listened to the widespread warnings issued by the industry.
FCSA says today’s announcement will have a significant impact on the UK economy in both the private and public sector; it has identified that 47% of supply teachers, 90% of social workers, 89% of shift doctors, 94% of locum doctors and 88% of allied health professionals will be impacted by cuts to contractors’ expenses.
FCSA data also shows that almost 50% of contractors do not claim the travel and subsistence expenses that they are due. Instead, it says expenses are only claimed as necessary due to cost and distances travelled in order to make an assignment viable.
Reacting to the announcement, Julia Kermode, CEO of the FCSA, said, “Today’s announcement is disappointing and there is no question that we will see a skills shortage as fewer workers will be willing to travel for assignments. There will undoubtedly be a knock on effect and Government policies that are heavily reliant on contractors will be hit – the Northern Powerhouse will suffer along with other infrastructure projects which rely on contractors. The nuclear industry will also miss out along with the public sector.
“The Government is determined to penalise the flexible workforce on which it relies to help grow and develop the UK economy. It makes no sense, but we will work with recruiters and end-clients to ensure its effective implementation in the best interests of the supply chain and the workforce as a damage limitation process. We did it in 2014 when the Onshore Intermediaries legislation came into force and we can do so again for T&S.”