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Sunak’s National Insurance pledge could backfire

12 June 2024

12:35 AM

12 June 2024

12:35 AM

Two years ago, as Chancellor, Rishi Sunak chose to jack up National Insurance contributions. It is a mark of how all over the place this government has been that cutting NI has now emerged as Sunak’s big idea.

Fairness to the Conservatives seems to mean the self-employed being excused from a 6 per cent tax which is paid by employees

Abolishing the main rate of NI for the self-employed by the end of next parliament is the one eye-catching initiative which was not trailed before the launch of the Conservative manifesto – the now customary ‘rabbit out of the hat’.

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