What you need to know about the general election

  • May 05, 2017

On 8 June, it will be the UK’s turn to decide who should be in government once again.

A snap general election means there can be less time for your business to prepare, but don’t panic! Based on information available so far, here’s a quick summary of what recruiters need to know.

Election timetable

This week, on 3 May, Parliament rose, which means the official election campaigning is underway. It may feel like it had started already but believe me, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Over the long weekend, Labour released its 20 point plan for workers  and on  8 May, the Conservatives will publish their manifesto pledges We will be monitoring each set of manifesto pledges from the main political parties – we will respond and keep members informed via this blog series.

During this campaign period, known as purdah, we will hear less from the civil servants on day to day things like the Apprenticeship Levy, IR35 changes, and the Mathew Taylor Review into Modern Employment Practices – but that does not mean to say there is any change in policy yet. Anything announced prior to the general election stays in place. If a new government decides to change policy once they are elected, we will, of course, let you know.