PRISM's CEO Crawford Temple has attended a Tory Workers event in Manchester at which, alongside a senior Conservative MP and industry representatives, he called on the government to get on with the job of improving the lives of ordinary people through radical reform of employment law and tax reform.
"Brexit is happening and we need to make it the best it can be,” said Temple, “But the government cannot afford to do nothing else for the next 2 to 5 years.
“Modern employment is complex and this allows companies to play the spaces in the regulations and tax savings to gain an unfair commercial advantage,” he added. "We need radical reforms to employment law and taxation of contracting companies now. I hope politicians trade bodies, unions and other key stakeholder organisations come together to tackle the challenges of the gig economy and to get the government to focus on what can make people's live better."
The event was part of the fringe at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester and attracted a large crowd. On the panel with Mr Temple sat former Minister and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, now Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon MP, Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff, Demos think tank's deputy director Sophie Gaston, the Institute of Directors' Seamus Nevine and the Financial Times's Sebastian Payne.
The discussion focused on the challenges the modern world of work presents and how the government, as well as the Conservative Party, can make work fairer for everyone. From life-long learning to the role of unions, from parental leave to tax reform, the panel offered solutions aimed at creating "good work".
Robert Halfon MP launched a new inquiry into what creates "good work" to be carried out by the Tory Workers group over the next few months. The inquiry will comprise different work streams, including tax reform.
"The government launched a review into modern employment but excluded taxation from its scope,” said Temple. “Taxation is a critical component for the government to tackle exploitation of workers and fake self-employment, but the current system is too complex and this allows the growth in non-compliance solutions and makes the job of enforcement extremely difficult and costly. We need taxation that is simple and encourages compliance through better enforcement."