Evidence submitted to The House of Commons Work and Pension Select Committee Inquiry into Self-employment and the Gig Economy

Evidence submitted to The House of Commons Work and Pension Select Committee Inquiry into Self-employment and the Gig Economy

The nature, quality and probability of success in self-employment will determine the extent to which self-employment offers disabled people an opportunity to integrate into the labour market and improve their financial and social wellbeing and at the same time progress the economy towards full-employment. We know that disabled people are over-represented in self-employment but we don’t know why. Before promoting or supporting self-employment over paid employment it is important to know far more about the motivations for self-employment among disabled people and the quality of their self-employment. Our evidence (SGE0021) and recommendations focus on the evidence needed to inform policy intervention in this area. http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/work-and-pensions-committee/selfemployment-and-the-gig-economy/written/45263.html

In February 2017 Professor Melanie Jones was on an expert panel on BBC Radio 4 Money Box where she distinguished between factors which ‘push’ disabled people into self-employment (lack of opportunities in paid employment) from more positive factors (particularly in relation to flexibility to accommodate disability at work) which ‘pull’ disabled people into self-employment.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08fgvll

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