CIPR responds to Autumn Budget

Yesterday’s budget focused heavily on addressing issues surrounding productivity, a move welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, particularly as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

The Chancellor announced plans to extend the National Productivity Investment Fund together with a series of local programmes as he committed to “invest to rebuild our productivity growth”.

There were also welcome increases in funding for the industrial strategy to support manufacturing and research into areas such as Artificial Intelligence, as well as a commitment to provide additional support to boost rural broadband.

However, there are concerns about the decision to extend IR35 into the private sector.

Stuart Bruce Chart.PR, FCIPR, Chair of the Policy and Campaigns Committee
Whilst delaying plans to introduce IR35 into the private sector will allow time to update the Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool, concerns remain that this will have a damaging effect for independent professionals and do more to stifle enterprise and business service.
Stuart Bruce Chart.PR, FCIPR, Chair of the Policy and Campaigns Committee

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Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).