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Select Committee Chairs invite Matthew Taylor to give evidence on gig economy


26 July 2017
Commons Chamber

Frank Field, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, and Rachel Reeves, the new Chair of the Business Committee, have asked Matthew Taylor to give oral evidence to a joint meeting of the Committees. The Chairs intend to question Mr Taylor on his recent report on modern working practices, including how the Government should act to ensure rights and fair pay for gig economy workers.

Select Committees are expected to be appointed formally after Parliament has returned from its summer recess. The Chairs intend to invite their respective Committees to agree to the stream of work.

The two Committees notably worked together on their investigation into the collapse of BHS in 2016.

Frank Field said:

“Some of the best work Select Committees did in the last Parliament was joint inquiries into issues that crossed departmental boundaries. This falls squarely into that territory. I will be asking the Work and Pensions Committee to agree to question Matthew Taylor so we can start setting out both a programme and a timetable for reform. The law needs to keep pace with the rapidly changing economy to ensure that people are properly paid and protected.”

Rachel Reeves said:

“The swift growth in the gig economy presents a huge challenge to both Parliament and employers. We need to ensure workers get proper protection and employment rights, while keeping our economy competitive.  Getting that balance right and creating a system that is fair to everyone will only strengthen our economy. We plan to scrutinise the Taylor report and play a role in the reforms that are so clearly needed to prevent gig economy workers being exploited.”

Both Committees were investigating the gig economy when the general election was called. The Work and Pensions Committee published a short report calling for gig economy workers to have the employment status of “worker” by default, rather than “self-employed” and for the incoming Government to set out a roadmap for the equalising self-employed and employee NICs. The Business Committee was conducting an inquiry into the future world of work and rights of workers.

In the last Parliament, the Work and Pensions Committee worked jointly with the Business Committee on BHS, with the Communities and Local Government Committee on supported housing and with the Education Committee on life chances. The Business Committee worked with the Education Committee on education, skills and the economy.



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