In a new report the Work and Pensions Committee has said the Government must close the loopholes that allow ‘bogus’ self-employment practices. These practices are potentially creating an extra burden on the welfare state while simultaneously reducing the tax contributions that sustain it, the Committee argues. The Committee heard from ‘gig economy’ companies such as Uber, Amazon, Hermes and Deliveroo, and from drivers who work with them. The evidence taken painted ‘starkly contrasting’ pictures of the effect and impact of ‘self-employment’ by these companies. The inquiry had to be curtailed because of the election.