As a ‘think and do’ tank, we want the reports we write to have practical impact. We see RSA Fellows as playing a crucial role in this. Mark Pallis, Head of Project Engagement at the RSA explains how you can help change things for the Self-Employed.
Our recent report on Self Employment makes a series of practical recommendations about ways to help make the lives of self-employed people more liveable. These include:
- Opening up Statutory Maternity Pay and Statutory Paternity Pay
- Introducing a ‘Right to Request’ for more flexible payment terms in the housing market
- Presenting a compulsory question for enrolment onto a pension or ISA scheme
- Creating a social enterprise with a ‘cash-pooling’ service
- Fully open up the new Fit for Work service to the self-employed
Here are five things that Fellows can do to help us make an impact in this area:
- Share the report or the summary infographic with others e.g. through Twitter and Facebook
- Let us know what you think of the ideas in the report by commenting on Ben Dellot’s blog (Ben will respond to all comments)
- Connect us with influencers who could enact our ideas e.g. in banks, insurance companies and mortgage providers. Please email [email protected]
- Take forward our proposals e.g. run your own randomised meet-ups for business owners, or let us know about similar things you are already doing by writing a blog
- Implement your own ideas for supporting the self-employed e.g. by applying for a grant or Crowdfunding support through RSA Catalyst
If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please feel free to write them in the comments below, or write directly to [email protected] .
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I have a disruption for your more scene-versed insight. The same companies, orgs, associations and individuals who will always have money to pay for IT support, a plumber, an event team will consistently use the 'no money' excuse for not paying for intellectual contributions to their project, product, service... I wrote a piece on this while in Croatia in 2011 and after being back here now two years, have encountered the same thing.
My gut (and cross-continental observation) tells me that in part this has to do with the idea that a consultant must be 'highly paid,' or be 'brought in under a full project contract'.
The idea I would like to suggest is that we entertain paying for concept/intellectual capital 'fixes' and 'add-ons' - not that every appt, lunch or meeting results in payment but that at least on the inc side, we start to think about how to make $x an hour available for visiting fasttrackers, idea de/re-railers, fresh eyes... your thoughts?
Timely report and the recommendations are certainly needed by the self-employed.