FOI Request - Public sector off-payroll (IR35) reforms

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Dear Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh,

In April 2017 Government introduced new rules into the public sector called the off-payroll reforms, commonly referred to as “IR35”.

We understand you planned for this and developed a set of internal guidelines to be used when on boarding flexible workers, or contractors.

Please can you:
1. send us a copy of your internal guidelines used for this,
2. send us any policies you use surrounding this.
3. send us any documents you use to explain your policies to agencies who supply workers.
4. Send us your internal guidance explaining how you assess the status for each contractor.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Dave Chaplin

Freedom of Information Act, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

1 Atodiad

Dear Dave,

I refer to your request for information which is being managed under the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (“the FOISA”).

In response to questions 1, 2 and 4:

As a relatively small institution, each case is looked at on an individual basis and is assessed by the Head of Finance. The Head of Finance uses the University’s Employment Status Application Form (please see copy provided) and the 'check employment status for tax' page on the GOV.UK website (

In response to question 3, the University does not have explanatory documents that are provided to agencies. As such, notice is given that Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 applies and that the requested information is not held.

Where any of the material supplied is under copyright you may not reproduce or alter the material without permission of the copyright holder.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact:

Queen Margaret University
Queen Margaret University Drive
East Lothian EH21 6UU
[email address]

If you have any complaint about the University’s handling of your request for information, you may require the University to review its actions and decisions in relation to this response by writing within 60 working days of the date of your request to FOI, Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 6UU or at [email address].

You may, within a further six months, if you are dissatisfied with the outcome or with the University’s failure to review its actions and decisions in relation to this response, apply to The Scottish Information Commissioner. Details on how to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner is available on their website:

Best wishes,

Fraser Rudge

Policy Adviser (Governance and Compliance)
Division of Governance and Quality Enhancement
Queen Margaret University
East Lothian, EH21 6UU

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