Shock and renewed calls to put a halt to IR35 changes have followed Said Javid’s resignation as Chancellor of the Exchequer and the consequent appointment of Rishi Sunak.

“While cabinet reshuffles always have the potential to surprise, I think it’s fair to say that the majority of our members will be shocked by Javid’s unexpected departure – particularly as we are just four weeks away from the next Budget,” said Tania Bowers, Legal Counsel at APSCo.
“As he assumes his new position as Chancellor, we hope that Rishi Sunak will honour his predecessor’s pledge to take another look at incoming changes around off-payroll working
While a review into the reform is currently underway, there has been no suggestion that planned reforms will be postponed.
However, APSCo maintains that implementation should, at least, be delayed pending a further impact review and completion of an assessment on employment status.”

Seb Maley, Qdos CEO, commented: “With IR35 reform rapidly approaching, it’s vital that Rishi Sunak succeeds where Sajid Javid failed. We urge the new Chancellor to act immediately and halt the introduction of needless and short-sighted changes to the off-payroll working rules.
“However,” he added, “contractors and private sector firms cannot hang their hopes on a last-minute rethink, even if scrapping IR35 reform is the sensible thing to do. Businesses must work off the basis that changes will be enforced and should continue their preparations.”