Push the unemployed into the sharing economy, UK review suggests


A U.K. review into the sharing economy has recommended that the unemployed should be “actively pointed towards” task-sharing platforms, that automated user-matching services should not have to be regulated as employers nor as employment agencies, and that the government should open up its under-development online ID scheme for use in the private sector.

The “independent” review, led by Love Home Swap boss Debbie Wosskow and conducted over a couple of months, also recommended that public sector bodies should include accommodation-sharing services in their procurement frameworks, and that public bodies should consider using ride-sharing services instead of public transport.

It also said people letting out a spare room for a few nights a year through a platform such as [company]Airbnb[/company] should not need to adhere to the same levels of regulation as full-blown hotels do – but they should be required to have working smoke alarms, escape routes and so on…

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