In a letter to the PCG, formerly known as the Professional Contractors Group, Prime minster David Cameron has offered his support to the UK’s contracting community, a move which confirms the Government’s support for contractors and freelancers and hopefully paves the way for more tangible support in the future. He told the group, “I can’t tell you how much admiration I have for people who leave the comfort of a regular wage to strike out on their own. It takes a lot of courage – and without that courage this country would be a much poorer place. The 1.4 million freelancers in our country make a massive contribution to our economy. More and more people are choosing freelancing, recognising that it strikes the right balance between work and life in the 21st century and as we go for economic growth this government is getting right behind them.”
In response, leading journalist Damian Reece, the Daily Telegraph’s business editor, also gave his backing to the UK’s contracting workforce, praising its contribution to the national economy. Mr Reece claimed that all too often, the Labour government viewed freelancer’s as ‘an inconvenience’ and told readers that the entire country should rally behind the contracting sector, as the coalition government is doing.