Tory backbencher Sir Edward Leigh urges the Treasury to adopt a system which is “humane, rapid and above all simple” to tackle the self-employed issue.

He says the department is “obsessed with complexity, targeting and clawback”. Sir Edward insist the country needs a “simple system” and suggests universal basic income as an option.

He suggests the Government adopt “something like that which is very simply rolled out, which can be claimed by the taxi drivers, the cleaners”.

“Rich people will not bother with this so just get on with it, make is simple and do it now,” he adds.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay responds by saying the “devil is in the detail” on delivery.


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