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 Benedict.Dellot@rsa.org.uk
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .