Self-employment and low pay (3)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What initiatives are you undertaking, or planning, to support Londoners defined as self-employed but earning less than 1) the London Living Wage and/or 2) the National Living Wage?


Answer for Self-employment and low pay (3)

Answer for Self-employment and low pay (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I want to see much stronger protections from exploitation in place, and a much more activist enforcement regime that genuinely roots out bad practice and prosecutes criminal behaviour by employers. This includes employers and agencies incorrectly treating workers as self-employed with the intention of evading national insurance, PAYE and other financial obligations. I intend to respond to the consultation on the Government's UK Labour Market Enforcement Strategy, which was published in July 2017 and will close on 13 October.