Directors Income Support Scheme (#DISS)

I drafted this policy to assist the govenrment in helping those limited company directors who had been left without meaningful support during the Coronavirus pandemic. There had been a problem with providing help to these directors because of the problem in quantifying dividends. I came up with an alternative, to use trading profits, and drafted a policy to help the government understand how they could implement the policy. Despite working with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (FST) – Jesse Norman and officials from HMRC and HMT, the policy was not adopted in the end. I worked with the campaign group #ForgottenLtd, the FSB and the ACCA.

Targeted Income Grant Scheme (#TIGS)

I moved on from the DISS policy to draft a policy to help a wider sector of the self-employed who had been excluded from meaningful support during the Coronavirus pandemic. Working with the Gaps in Support All Party Paliamentary Group (APPG), I drafted the TIGS policy and submitted it again to the FST. Working with the FST and his officials we managed to include a further 600,000 self-employed people into the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Press Coverage:

Mulitple coverage in the Financial Times, The Daily Express, The Daily Mail, etc…

Umbrella Company Regulation – Call for Regulation

This policy was drafted to help the government bring forward regulation for umbrella companies and to protect the umbrella company worker.

Press Coverage:

17 May – The Guardian – Hidden cost of umbrella companies in UK may cost £4.5bn a year

18 May – The Yorkshire Post – Chancellor-must-regulate-umbrella-companies-which-are-cheating-taxman-and-workers-out-of-billions-of-pounds

19 May – The Financial Times – Umbrella Companies need to be regulated

17 May – LBC interview with Claer Barrett from the FT

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