The government's crackdown on personal service companies was in jeopardy as Accountancy Age went to press. The move, which would force thousands of consultants in fields like IT into PAYE, is part of the government's troubled Welfare Reform & Pensions Bill. The provisions may be lost in a stand-off between the House of Commons and the House of Lords over other provisions in the Bill dealing with disability benefit and pensions. On Monday the Lords struck out these elements of the Bill for the second time. Social security secretary Alistair Darling was confident he would win a majority in the Commons and was relying on a climbdown by hereditary Tory Peers in the Lords to get the Bill, including the IR35 provision, on the statute.
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