IPSE, the Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, has backed a new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Self-Employment and Freelancing.

The group, which held its first meeting yesterday (Tuesday), will raise awareness within Parliament about self-employment and freelancing as great ways to work. By acting as a voice in Westminster, the APPG will highlight the contribution freelance workers make to the UK economy and draw attention to the challenges they can face.

IPSE is serving as secretariat to the group, which consists of MPs from across the political spectrum. Chaired by the Government’s Ambassador for Self-Employment David Morris MP, the inaugural meeting included a discussion on the Group’s programme of work for the next 12 months, including the Government’s upcoming review of self-employment led by Julie Deane, founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company.

Commenting on the launch of the Group, IPSE Chief Executive Chris Bryce, said: “Freelancers and the self-employed are a crucial part of the UK economy and this new Group will play a vital role in making sure they are represented and heard within Parliament.

“Having an All Party Group shows that politicians from across the political spectrum can get behind and support the self-employed. Our sector faces a number of significant challenges at the moment and the APPG will be a key forum for discussing solutions that work for the self-employed.”

Chair of the APPG, David Morris MP, said: “The self-employed and freelancers make such a difference to the economy, so it’s important to give them a strong voice in Parliament. This new All Party Group will highlight the huge contribution these 4.5 million people make to the economy and will provide a platform for their views to be heard.”