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New HMRC team to tackle false self-employment
HMRC is to establish a new Employment Status and Intermediaries Team that will focus on employers falsely describing workers as self-employed in order to avoid employment rights and protections. This measure was announced in a letter from Jane Ellison, Financial Secretary to HM Treasury, to Frank Field, Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. According to Ms Ellison, the existence of a dedicated team will enable HMRC to "better focus its resources and expertise to ensure these issues are effectively tackled".