The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has claimed that the Government values councillors more than freelancers and other flexible workers after it learned that the Government is aiming to introduce a new home to work travel tax relief for councillors next year.

The Government’s 2015 Finance Bill included Travel & Subsistence proposals that would remove any valid entitlement for flexible workers and the self-employed to claim tax relief, but the FCSA has said that it is “outrageous” that it is preparing to introduce the same relief for councillors.

FCSA chief executive Julia Kermode said: “The damage that will ensue from removing T&S tax relief for the flexible workforce will be significantly greater than the benefit of introducing the same relief for councillors, which will be minimal and certainly not far-reaching.

“In contrast, by removing T&S relief for contractors we will see potential skills shortages and assignment cost increasing.”

Financial Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke said the government does not think it is fair that the majority of councillors were no longer eligible to relief for home-to-work travel. He added that the government now wants to “ensure no one is discouraged” from taking on a councillor role.

The FCSA has claimed that the move is a clear message that “they value councillors more than the flexible workforce upon whom our economy recovery is dependent.” It said further research had shown that 30% of supply teachers would consider a different career if the T&S relief is removed in spring next year.

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