I was talking to someone recently who felt that he'd been pressured into going self-employed by a WP provider (not A4e) and then wasn't given the help and advice he needed. Under previous programmes, there were accounts of people who wanted to go self-employed, but were not helped to do so. What is the picture now?
We know that self-employment removes someone from the jobless figures, and counts as an outcome if it's sustained, so there's every incentive to encourage this. But is the backing available? Are we going to end up with an army of under-employed freelancers?