Default 'worker' status a smart move, says LITRG
Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has welcomed a recommendation in a
report by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee that the 'self employed'
should be given at least
'worker' employment status unless
the engager of their labour can prove otherwise.
a recommendation that LITRG made in written evidence to a separate inquiry.
believes that the denial of employment rights to people working in the 'gig
economy' and the exploitation of other flexible workers regarding their
Taxes share a common cause; the workers' own lack of knowledge, their
reluctance to challenge their treatment because they lack confidence or just
need the work and the businesses involved apparently having little fear of
action being taken against them by public bodies.
responded to a Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee
inquiry on the 'Future world of work and rights of workers' in
In answer to the question 'how should 'worker' status be defined', LITRG
suggested to BEIS that everyone be given 'worker' status unless it can be
shown that they are genuinely self employed. Although genuine
self employment would then need to be identified, most people would
intuitively have an idea of what this looks like so would have a better
starting point to understanding the 'worker' principle. This approach may
also provide a good basis for tackling poor employer practices.
Anthony Thomas, Chairman of LITRG, said:- "Workers
are often not aware of their employment status and therefore what employment
rights they are entitled to. Even if they can be sure of their rights, they
often have no practical way of securing them. By essentially reversing the
burden of proof regarding 'worker status', these issues become more
applaud the Work and Pensions Committee for recognising that change is
needed and making such a clear and bold recommendation. We can only hope
that the BEIS Committee and the Matthew Taylor review reach a similar
conclusion; such a point of unity among these separate works would truly
help move this issue forward. Of course, Tax law only recognises
t2 types of status; employed and self employed; and so a lack of clarity
remains for 'gig economy' workers even if changes are made to employment
law. We would recommend that any changes in employment law are accompanied
by a thorough review of the Tax position of such workers, particularly given
that a good number of them are probably being treated as self employed
Charity wants members of the public to
give it their last fiver
THE national charity Caudwell Children is calling on the British public to boost
its fundraising coffers by donating their last paper ₤5 notes to the charity. With the withdrawal from circulation of the old ₤5
notes, to be replaced by the controversial polymer fiver, on Friday, 5 May,
2017, as much as ₤165 million, currently in the public domain, could cease to be
legal tender. Now bosses at Caudwell Children, which provides practical and emotional
support to disabled children and their families, are appealing to the public to
send them their old paper fivers.
As Andy Bailey, Media Campaigns Manager from Caudwell Children, explained:-
"We're always trying to find novel ways that the public can donate, and we are
hoping people support our campaign. The introduction of the new polymer fiver was always going to lead to the
withdrawal of the old version, and since Friday you won't be able to spend
them in supermarkets or restaurants anymore. The thought of all this money being sat in drawers and in the pockets of old
coats is really sad, especially as we could put it to great use! Restaurants, bars and shops,
now, will not accept them. They are perfectly within their rights to refuse them. And with banks
and building societies accepting the old notes at their discretion millions of
pounds will be lost. Since Friday, 5 May, 2017, the old fiver will, in effect,
will be worthless." continued Andy.
However, there is 1 way that members of the public can guarantee to get their
₤5 back. As Andy explained:- "There is a phrase printed on the old ₤5 note that
states 'I promise to pay the bearer on demand' which means that the Bank of
England is duty bound to exchange your note. However, that's a considerable hassle as you have to either swap it in person
at the Bank of England's head office, in London, or you have to send your cash
through the post. So we're urging people to simply send us their old fivers so that we can then
exchange them as a donation to the charity. In return we will put you on our
'Gimme Five' Roll of Honour. With the public's help we can change the lives of disabled children across the
You can send your old fivers to Final Fiver, Caudwell Children, Minton Hollins
Building, Shelton Old Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST47RY.
David Wilson Homes Domates ₤1,000 to Brainwave
WARRINGTON based David Wilson Homes (DWH) North West
has donated ₤1000 to Brainwave, a charity which provides exercise and
therapy programmes for disabled children across the UK.
The money donated was raised through the company's 'Our
Space Your Place' scheme. The scheme aims to support community
projects and local charities.
Since launching:- 'Our Space Your Place', David
Wilson Homes has worked on a number of projects with schools and charities,
a few include:- Liverpool's Alder Hey
Children's Charity, Tarporley CE Primary School, Elworth Hall Primary and
The Wingate Special Children's Trust.
The ₤1000 generously donated by David Wilson Homes will go
towards purchasing equipment that can be used to aid development and motor
skills in the children when they leave Brainwave. This means that there is
no delay in getting started on the exercises when the children return home.
The Manchester based charity was founded in 1982 and has
since helped families in the:- UK, Finland, Switzerland and Japan. Children
at Brainwave attend a two day therapy session where full assessments of the
child's needs are carried out by a physiotherapist, occupational therapist
or speech therapist.
Over the years, Brainwave's package of support has been
specifically tailored to respond to a family's current concerns and needs.
Although the charity is relatively small, it is a vital contributor to the
large number of parents who want to play a very pro-active part in their
child's development and potential.
Steve Jackson, Sales Director at David Wilson Homes North
West said:- "We are so pleased to be able to help such a wonderful
charity. We know that the money will go a long way in helping disabled
children in our community and we are grateful to be in the position where we
Anthony LaMola, Centre Manager at Brainwave Cheshire said:-
"We are so grateful to David Wilson Homes for their generous donation
and continued support. The money received will really help us to provide
good quality equipment for all the children. This means that no child will
have to wait to start home exercises once they leave us, meaning they have a
better chance at development."
For more information about the homes for sale in the North
West region go
For more details of the company's community engagement scheme visit:-
Local Conservative elected onto Formby Parish Council
NATIONALLY, the Conservative Party has
made major gains in local elections across Britain, fuelled
by a collapse of UKIP. Labour, UKIP, the Lib Dems and the
SNP have all lost ground. In Formby, residents in Harington
Ward had the opportunity vote in the Formby Parish Council
and have duly elected Gemma Peace from the Conservative