Self-employed 'to get maternity pay'

Matthew Hancock, the minister for business, enterprise and energy, has revealed the Conservative Party is considering policies for its pre-election manifesto that will make it easier for freelance workers to prosper. Speaking ahead of National Freelancers Day, Mr Hancock said measures could include maternity pay for self-employed mothers, and pensions are also being looked at. The news comes as the Government prepares to announce the appointment of Tory MP David Morris as Britain's first "freelancer tsar". According to the Office of National Statistics, there are 4.5 million self-employed people, a third of them women. They make up 15% of the overall workforce, up from 13% in 2008 and 8.7% in 1975.


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