IR35 Trumps Brexit and NHS for Contractors as Most Crucial Factor at Election

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IR35 Trumps Brexit as Election Factor
IR35 Trumps Brexit as Election Factor

IR35 Trumps Brexit and NHS

IR35 trumps Brexit as the most important factor which will determine contractors votes at the coming election.

Labour brought in IR35. The Conservatives have continuously strengthened it with more changes looming in April 2020 and a promise in the Queen’s Speech to make even more changes to IR35. The Lib Dems did nothing about it in Coalition.

Now, all three main parties UK wide parties say that they will ‘renew IR35’.

Contractor Questions on IR35 Trumps Brexit

  1. What will be the biggest factor when contractors vote?
  2. What did the Twitter Poll say?
  3. Who Will Contractors Vote for in the election?
  4. Why have so many freelancers turned against the Tories?
  5. What are the Conservatives Planning for Contractors after the election?
  6. Will the Contractor Vote Matter in the Election?

What will be the biggest factor when contractors vote

We ran a poll on the factors affecting contractors votes.

The poll asks Contractors, what will most influence your vote at the election?

Here are the results:-

64% – IR35

25% – Brexit

6% – NHS

6% – Other

There were 235 respondents.

IR35 obviously trumps Brexit as a factor for contractors.

What did the Twitter Poll say

In a smaller poll on Twitter with 59 respondents the result was not appreciatively different.

64% – IR35

31% – Brexit

3% – Other

2% – NHS

IR35 again trumps Brexit as a factor for contractors.

Who Will Contractors Vote for in the election

We are also running a Twitter poll which asks Which Party Will You Vote for on Decmber 12th? Here are the results.

54% – Lib Dems

20% – Labour

16% – Conservatives

10% – Other

Why have so many freelancers turned against the Tories

I saw a poll a few weeks back that said that 60% of contractors would give Boris Johnson their support if he stopped the IR35 reforms.

While the rest of the nation is fixated by Brexit and the NHS, contractors are moved mostly by the IR35 changes that the Conservatives are bringing in next April .

They are also worried about what the Conservatives said in the recent Queen’s Speech This will be reflected in the Budget due for December 19th if they get back in.

What are the Conservatives Planning for Contractors after the election

It said “We will increase fairness and and flexibility in the labour market by stopping employers and workers experiencing significantly different outcomes from flexible forms of working.”

There’s also Treasury Minister Kesse Norman’s statement recently when answering a question in Parliament on IR35 “There is only 10% compliance in this area”.

If they reckon that only one tenth of contractors are IR35 compliant then they must have big plans for the rest of contractors.

This is why the Conservative Party, the natural party of small businesses, is being deserted by the self employed.

Will the Contractor Vote Matter in the Election

There are 5 million self employed.

As the biggest number of contractors live in London and the South East this could hit the Conservatives in that area The Liberal Democrats are 2nd to the Conservatives in so many seats there like Finchley and Richmond.

Hitting contractors so hard could come back to bite them if contractors vote tactically.

IR35 obviously trumps Brexit as a factor for contractors.

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