Self employed Twitter chat announced 24/02/2015 15:14
Why did you decide to be a freelancer? And what would you tell someone who wanted to do the same?
These are two of nine interesting questions that the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) wants people to engage with as... more
IPSE chief exec talks election 23/02/2015 15:38
With the General Election approaching, political parties need to improve the commitments they're making to support for independent professionals, according to the chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed... more
ONS stats show 30.9m in work20/02/2015 14:39
New Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows 30.9 million people in the UK were classed as being in work for October to December last year - a record level.
The unemployment rate was 5.7 per cent, down year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter, and... more
PAYE penalty changes from HMRC 18/02/2015 11:54
HMRC has reminded small employers who have under 50 people working for them as employees that penalties for being late with Pay As You Earn (PAYE) filing are set to apply to them beginning in early March.
More generally, it has also given word that no... more
IPSE likes PM's train WI-Fi announcement 17/02/2015 15:17
David Cameron recently gave word of a boost for free in-train Wi-Fi.
Having called for such a move in a recent manifesto, the Association for Independent Professionals and the Self Employed reacted positively to the news.
Its director of policy and... more
IPSE hosts General Election panel talk 13/02/2015 11:45
Experts have been chewing over the General Election, as part of a special panel event from The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).
Self employed people will be just one of the groups hitting the polling stations on... more
UK Superfast broadband rollout continues 10/02/2015 11:27
A decent internet connection can be anything from a nice bonus to an essential if you're self employed.
The government is currently working to get superfast broadband into places commercial networks aren't covering. It wants to give 95 per cent... more
Freelancing tops second jobs chart 04/02/2015 12:11
Freelancing has topped a chart of the things Brits most commonly do as a second job.
thinkmoney.co.uk survey research discovered that 17 per cent of people in the UK have an additional job. Among this proportion, 16.8 per cent said this extra work takes... more
HMRC: Some 4.3 million saved their tax return until January 03/02/2015 12:04
In the wake of the tax return deadline over the weekend (January 31st), HMRC says that some 4.3 million people waited until January to send their form in.
Overall, the tax authority was sent 10.24 million returns by the deadline, close to nine in ten... more
New Homes Bonus allocations published 02/02/2015 11:54
Construction workers have been making and converting homes, which in turn have earned councils extra cash, thanks to the New Homes Bonus scheme.
Brandon Lewis, housing minister, has just released the final allocations for these payments, which go to... more
ONS Labour stats: growth for self employment 23/01/2015 11:39
There's been annual growth in self employment, according to new Labour Market figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
In September to November last year there were 3,220,000 full-time self employed people, which is up 1.7 per cent... more
ONS stats show 30.8 million employed 22/01/2015 11:37
New Office for National Statistics UK Labour Market data shows 30.8 million in employment - a record level. The figure includes self employed people.
Covering September to November, the numbers show an employment rate of 73 per cent, which matches the... more
Cable announces funding for automotive skills project 21/01/2015 11:41
Vince Cable has just given word of funding for a government and automotive industry scheme focussed on jobs in the sector.
Automotive businesses are teaming up to make sure UK vehicle makers and companies in the supply chain have the skills they require... more
Fresh headteacher standards introduced 20/01/2015 11:49
Following a review in 2014, new headteacher professional standards have been announced for England by Nicky Morgan, the education secretary.
The last set of similar standards came out in 2004, and were reviewed in 2014 by Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski and... more
HMRC nudges tax return action via email 19/01/2015 11:51
Many self employed people will have noticed the current ads from HMRC which are designed to get people to sort out their tax returns in time.
The tax authority is also sending out some 650,000 reminder emails, aimed at people who do their return... more
Who's more often late with tax returns: women or men? 14/01/2015 15:33
We all know not to get our tax returns to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) late, but it seems that women follow this advice rather more than men do.
New analysis from the tax authority shows that 394 tax returns for each 10,000 sent in by men last year... more
Help to Buy has supported over 73,000 purchases, stats show12/01/2015 11:55
Help to Buy is helping British construction, Brandon Lewis, housing minister, has claimed in the wake of recent official figures about these government schemes.
Over 73,000 homes have thus far been purchased using the schemes, the latest numbers... more
IPSE brings out new infrastructure report 07/01/2015 16:37
A variety of infrastructure-themed recommendations to government have been presented in a new report from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE).
Simon McVicker, the organisation's director of policy and external... more
HMRC publishes poor tax return excuses 06/01/2015 12:11
One person who failed to comply with HMRC's tax return deadline date of January 31st went on to tell the tax authority their dog ate the return document - and every reminder too - it has been revealed.
This is just one of the less-than-impressive... more
Govt. announces new fund for character education 02/01/2015 11:50
Nicky Morgan has announced new help for schools and other organisations who teach what is being termed 'character' to young people.
A fund worth £3.5 million is set to help expand 'character' teaching efforts with the aim of putting... more
IPSE reacts to UK self employment hike 22/12/2014 12:22
New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that self employment's 'meteoric rise' isn't showing any sign of becoming slower, the chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE)... more