The entrepreneurial audit: twenty policy ideas to strengthen self-employment and micro businesses in the UK
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Author(s): Dellot, Benedict; Wallace-Stephens, Fabian
Publisher: Royal Society of Arts
Published: February 2017
Subjects: Small business and Entrepreneurship; Accounting, Finance and the Economy
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The number of people in self-employment has grown by 46 percent since 2000 and today stands at 4.8 million, or 1 in 7 of the workforce. If this trend continues, the self-employed could outnumber the public sector workforce by the end of the decade.
This report puts forward 20 ideas for how the self-employed could be better supported, such as by reforming National Insurance contributions, ironing out the problems of Universal Credit, overhauling business rates, and creating new rights for home-based workers.