Contracting sector will hope for Autumn Statement clarity, says Leeds specialist

As the Chancellor prepares to deliver his Autumn Statement next week, (Wednesday, 25 November), Leeds based contracting specialist Nova Contracting says the sector will be hoping for clarity and direction on the rules for employment business models.

Nova Contracting director Marcus Green said: “The Government is combining its Autumn Statement with a Spending Review, presenting a new set of forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility, so there might not be a great deal of air time given to specific policy announcements.

“But the contracting sector will be hoping for some signal that the consultation on travel and subsistence allowance has been carefully considered and that the views of responsible, compliant employment intermediaries – such as those set out by the trade association the FCSA – have been taken on board.

“The question of who would be responsible to pay any perceived tax shortfall on expenses – the engager, agency or employment intermediary – has yet to be answered and we hope there are some common sense conclusions about the major disadvantages many contractors would face, many traveling long distances to their temporary worksites, for example.

“When the consultation was first announced, it said its aim was to strike the right balance between the rights of the individual and the needs of the business. I hope it has also recognised the need to support modern working patterns: the continued growth in demand for temporary workers and, equally, the increased popularity of flexible working for many people.”

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