The chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Frank Field MP, has launched an inquiry into the working conditions and human rights of Deliveroo\u2019s drivers.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe High Court granted Field permission to proceed with judicial review on \u201climited grounds\u201d on 18 June. He and parliamentary researcher Andrew Forsey have published a series of testimony-based reports from people who work at courier firms Uber, Hermes, DPD and Parcelforce.\r\n\r\nThe reports have highlighted problems of low pay and exploitation within the \u2018gig economy\u2019 sector. This latest inquiry will gather evidence from Deliveroo riders over the next five weeks in an attempt to supplement the evidence base on the living standards of workers as well as the need for any additional safeguards.\r\n\r\nIt will include a roundtable, organised by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), at which Deliveroo riders can present oral evidence.\r\n\r\nField will also be writing to Deliveroo with a series of questions on riders\u2019 pay and conditions. He said: \u201cThe weight of the evidence I\u2019ve seen shows that bogus self-employment is being peddled by those who benefit so handsomely from the gig economy, to avoid the obligations they have to their workforce.\r\n\r\n\u201cI now wish to see if this is a partial view or whether it, sadly, represents what is going on in yet another company operating in the gig economy.\u201d\r\n\r\nJason Moyer-Lee, general secretary of IWGB, added: \u201cFollowing on from last week's High Court decision that our workers' and human rights case against Deliveroo can proceed for judicial review, today's announcement is another important step in achieving justice for low paid Deliveroo riders.\r\n\r\n\u201cI'm familiar with how Deliveroo justifies its actions in legalese, but I do look forward to seeing how they justify depriving riders of fundamental human rights in their evidence to Frank Field MP.\u201d\r\n\r\nA Deliveroo spokesperson told Catering Today: "Deliveroo offers riders flexible, well-paid work because this is what we know they want. Riders value having the freedom to choose when, where and whether to work, and this flexibility is only available through self-employment.\r\n\r\n"The self-employed status of Deliveroo riders has been repeatedly confirmed in the courts.\r\n\r\n"Deliveroo would be happy to contribute to a balanced enquiry which acknowledges the benefits of self-employment, and which takes forward our calls on policy-makers to end the trade-off between flexibility and security that currently exists in employment law, so we can continue to improve our offer to riders."