Eastbourne’s MP believes the Chancellor’s U-turn on a hike in National Insurance contributions is the right move.
Philip Hammond has today (15 March) reversed a decision to make self-employed people pay more, which he announced in last week’s Budget.
Commenting on the announcement, Caroline Ansell said, “I very much welcome the Chancellor has cancelled this rise, which would have hit the self-employed and broken a manifesto pledge.
“I made it clear privately I could not support this announcement that would have hit many hard-working people in Eastbourne and I thank the Government for listening to me and to my colleagues.
“I fully understand that a changing employment landscape, with a rise the numbers of self-employed, is a challenge to the tax base, but this move to bring national insurance contribution parity between the employed and the self-employed didn't begin to address the benefit inequalities or risks experienced by those who strive to be their own boss, run businesses and employ others.”