Although the Budget promoted 'Back to Work' measures for many sections of the workforce, including the older 'returners' and young parents, the Government has been accused of missing an opportunity to target the self-employed sector.
1. Gary Lineker is a media-savvy "national treasure."
2. This government seems to listen to highly paid footballers.
3. Gary Lineker apparently has personal experience of crazy IR35 rules; although probably not (yet) their unfair, counterproductive effects on the "little people" who work so hard to keep the UK economy working; people whose precious skills & efforts the UK so badly needs if it is every to break out of the current problems.
4. He's probably respected by the party which originally introduced IR35 in 1999. So his support would be useful both before and after the next General Election.
New research suggesting the self-employed sectorís contribution to the UK economy fell by an estimated £25bn in 2022 is a 'wake up call' for government to change course on its agenda for the nationís smallest businesses, according to IPSE, the UKís freelancer trade body.