Philip Hammond announced that this would be the last Spring Budget. The last time a ‘last spring budget’ was announced was 24 years ago by Chancellor Norman Lamont. 10 weeks later he was sacked…

Watch this space.

In a budget that some say is backtracking by the Conservatives, and with further tax measures taken against the self-employed, Danbro take a look at the major changes affecting the contractor and freelance community:


Key Points

The big news was that Class 4 National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed are to increase from 9% to 10% from …Read More

By Damian Broughton MBE

Some would say that 2016 was one of the most noteworthy years for change, but as we’re now firmly into the new year, it looks as though 2017 could become even more notorious than its predecessor. I would like to say from the outset that we must remember that change always brings with it opportunities. And that it is up to us to grasp those opportunities.

So, what do we already know?

Well, two changes that will affect our sector dramatically this year are:

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy

The …Read More

Contributors: Kieran Whelan, Aidan Radcliffe, James Spann, Lesley Schofield & Lynne Holmes

I’m sure that when faced with choosing any product or service, cost and reputation are at the forefront of our minds. But even then, how do you choose a company who suit your values? In a sector which has been construed as boring and having no personality, and with all accountants and firms viewed in the same way, how does a customer choose the right firm for them?

It suddenly struck me – perhaps those struggling customers would benefit from …Read More

By Chris Jones – Regional Sales Manager

It’s safe to say that over the past couple of years the legislative spotlight has been on the self-employed, with all aspects of a contractor’s role under the HMRC microscope. Understandably in recent months the focus has been on “what are we losing as contractors?” rather than “what are the advantages?”

However, the contracting sector is increasing year on year. With data from the ONS showing that self-employment rose from 3.8 million to 4.6 million between 2008 and 2015, working for yourself remains an attractive …Read More

By Rebecca Crawford

Yes, it’s December; there’s no getting away from the fact that the festive season is officially upon us. How quickly the year goes! One minute you’re enjoying the spring air, you blink and all of a sudden Christmas is around the corner!

We all like to celebrate, especially at this time of year; we’ve worked hard all year and we deserve to let our hair down. At Danbro, our Christmas ‘do’ has been planned for months; a night of fun and laughter with all my fantastic colleagues – I’m …Read More

By Helen Broughton MBE
Following on from part one, what are your rights?

When you start work through an Umbrella company they should make sure that your contract rate of pay is comparable to (the same or better than) the rate that you could expect if you were a direct employee of the company you are providing your services to (your end client).

After 12 weeks on the same contract, all workers are entitled to equal treatment under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) introduced 1st October 2011.

The key point being that those on …Read More

By Helen Broughton MBE
What are your rights?

Hundreds of thousands of contractors, whose expertise supports companies with projects of a fixed duration, are compelled to work through a limited company, either one of their own or an Umbrella Company.  They move from contract to contract providing specialist services to thousands of businesses across the UK and are often referred to as the backbone of the economy, providing a flexible workforce such as has never been seen before.  The so-called gig economy will undoubtedly inflate these numbers exponentially.

The relationship between an Umbrella …Read More

By Samantha Dolphin

Working away or travelling long distances can be expensive. However, for the right contract, it may benefit you financially, particularly if your end client or agency has agreed to reimburse you for certain costs you incur along the way – we call these ‘chargeable expenses’.

What are Chargeable Expenses?

These are expenses your agency has agreed to reimburse you with, even if you are under Supervision, Direction or Control. They can be offset against your tax and National Insurance (NI) providing

They are allowable
There’s a written claim
You can provide evidence (your …Read More

By Ben Pindar, PR

National accountancy firm Danbro has criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond’s claim that he is building “an economy that works for everyone” in his Autumn Statement, arguing the Government doesn’t understand the modern way of working in Britain and he has left millions out of pocket.

By forging ahead with major reforms to the way public sector contractors are paid and launching a major cash grab on the self-employed, Danbro says the Chancellor has again punished the UK’s five million contractors and small businesses, potentially weakening our prospects ahead of …Read More

Leading national accountancy services provider Danbro has hailed Prime Minister Theresa May for recognising that employment rules are no longer suitable for the modern workplace.

Despite a growing demand from UK businesses for temporary workers, executive chairman of Danbro Damian Broughton said recent sweeping changes by HMRC had hit consultants and self-employed people the hardest.

The new and proposed changes to employment and tax laws are forcing some contractors to accept draconian employment terms, while others are no longer allowed to claim expenses for hotels and travel to destinations hundreds of miles …Read More