A petition has been started with the aim of countering the government’s proposed IR35 reforms in the public sector.

The petition headline reads: ‘Scrap IR35 legislation reform proposals for public sector off-payroll workers.’

As well known by now, the government’s reform aims to make ‘engagers’ deduct ‘PAYE tax & NIC at source for self-employed people operating via a Limited Company if the end client is in the public sector.’

The petition’s creator, Gareth P Rowell, adds: ‘This will severely reduce the income of such individuals but confer none of the rights & benefits of a staff employee.’

The number of signatures has just passed the 10,000 mark, meaning Mr Rowell will get a response from the government.

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures however, it will be considered for a debate in Parliament.

The proposed changes have been the cause of much chagrin within the public sector contractor community. Much has been discussed regarding the potential repercussions of such alterations.

Were the petition to reach six figures, Theresa May’s cabinet would have a clear indication, if any were needed, that many workers in the public sector are hugely dissatisfied with the reform proposals, and that significant damage could be done.

Since the petition’s posting, many people have taken to Twitter to raise awareness and encourage people to add their name.

Sophie Ottaway ‏(@SophieOttaway) wrote: Public sector contractors, consider giving this petition a sign to protect your income!

Peter Tonge (‏@TCCL_Consultant) posted:  Please consider signing this petition to scrap the IR35 reforms? It's a waste of LG money.

And Heath Groves ‏(@Heath_Groves) said:  Contractors on #ir35 you need to sign this!

A link to the petition can be found here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/170118

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