Autumn Statement 2014

Thank you Mr Osborne for including in your Autumn Statement this week a promise to work closely with providers of Umbrella services to UK contracting professionals.

Like other providers operating firmly at the compliant end of our industry, we are excited to have this opportunity to work with Government via the forthcoming discussion paper and we will take an active role at every opportunity.

In safeguarding employments rights, protecting national minimum wage and operating within a strict code of ethics and compliance, Umbrella Companies of quality and integrity have long played an important role in facilitating the flexible workforce so vital to our economy.

I am delighted that the Chancellor has recognised this in his Autumn Statement and is clearly looking to engage directly with us in better understanding this.

For too long more dubious operators have been allowed to damage the good name of the Umbrella service industry by seeking to abuse employment contracts and national minimum wage legislation in order to offer inflated and inappropriate levels of tax avoidance.

I hope and believe that the discussion paper and the resulting dialogue that will follow Mr Osborneā€™s announcement will finally put pay to their practices and usher in a new era of understanding.

We very much look forward to working with the Government, Treasury, HMRC and the Office for Tax Simplification.

Colin Howell
Chief Executive Officer
Unitum Group

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