The Conservative Party has pledged to help flexible workers by introducing a new small business conciliation service to mitigate the problems with late payments. The Tories have also outlined several other aims that will affect flexible workers in their election manifesto.

With just a week to go until the general election, the Conservative Party is hoping to win over flexible workers by stating that the UK will be the best place to “set up and expand a business” during the next five years if it is elected.

The government has also pledged to set up a new service to help flexible workers who have not been paid. A new survey by Alexander Daniels reveals that late payments remain the biggest headache for workers and the new conciliation service should ensure that those affected get paid what they are owed without the need for court action.

Contractor body IPSE spoke about the problem late last year, with spokesperson, Simon McVicker explaining: “The current Catch-22 situation means that micro-businesses are often unable to chase clients for payment that isn’t forthcoming for fear of damaging important business relationships.”

The Conservatives will support the new service by strengthening the Prompt Payment Code, which will include a 30-day deadline for payments. The government says that the new laws will increase transparency and empower small businesses.

The manifesto also touches on other subjects of interest to flexible workers, including the provision of superfast broadband to urban and rural areas, a £5bn crackdown on ‘aggressive’ tax avoidance and evasion, and a commitment to moving more government services online and ensuring that digital assistance is available to all.

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