National Insurance U-turn ‘shambolic’ says borough councillor

PUBLISHED: 17:33 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:33 15 March 2017

Cllr Kieran Thorpe

Cllr Kieran Thorpe

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Borough councillor Kieran Thorpe has slammed the Government’s U-turn on National Insurance tax rises for the self-employed.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the controversial rise during last week’s Budget, which the Treasury said would affect 1.6million people, on average making them pay £240 more each year.

However, Mr Hammond today said the Government will not proceed with the increases, which had been criticised for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge.

The Labour leader for Welwyn Hatfield said: “This shambolic U-turn demonstrates the new Chancellor is no less clumsy than the last. “Spreadsheet Phil” as he is known certainly has failed to excel with this budget.

“This Tory government is no different from the last, just as ham-fisted with policy announcements, just as damaging to the livelihoods of ordinary working people.”

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