Self Employed People in the Informal Economy
Cheats Or Contributors?
Government should encourage and support entrepreneurs out of the informal economy, not simply seek to penalise them. This is the message from a report produced by Street(UK) and Community Links, based on a survey of Street clients – all self-employed people hoping to become legitimate, bankable small businesses.
In developing nations, ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ trading informally are praised for their initiative and enterprise. Significant international aid programmes are even designed to support their activities. In the UK, however, the focus is almost exclusively on examining their enterprises for evidence of criminal activity.
The report, “Self-Employed People in the Informal Economy – Cheats or Contributors?” presents a grass-roots insight into the practical issues, based on the evidence of those currently trading informally. The report also contains wider conclusions and recommendations on a subject that that demands far more attention from mainstream organisations, particularly government policy-makers and regulators. This report provides an important starting point for understanding what is really happening at the grass roots.
Self-Employed People in the Informal Economy – Cheats or Contributors?” is available for download in Acrobat PDF format.
This report forms part of our ongoing investigation of the informal economy and its impact.