National insurance

Increasing NI contributions would burden those who can least afford it

27 March 2018 14:25

This is an extract from this week’s Letters pages in The Spectator Sir: One objection to an increase in National…

Self-employed workers don’t need rescuing

11 July 2017 8:26

‘Workers,’ says Matthew Taylor, whose report into modern practices is published this week, ‘should be treated as human beings, not…

The retreat on National Insurance will do little to bolster the confidence of the self-employed

16 March 2017 13:24

U-turn, flip-flop, whatever you want to call it, there’s no getting away from the fact that Philip Hammond’s policy reversal…

If the Tories can mess up a Budget, how will they handle Brexit?

15 March 2017 13:09

After Philip Hammond delivered his Budget last week, he went to speak to a meeting of Conservative backbench MPs. Several…

Philip Hammond’s NICs U-turn has blown his credibility as Chancellor

15 March 2017 12:14

Philip Hammond’s credibility as Chancellor has just taken a big blow. Under pressure from his own backbenchers, he has abandoned…

How Philip Hammond’s National Insurance hike affects the ‘gig economy’

12 March 2017 10:00

You might argue that the self-employed enjoy less security than the employed, so it’s fair they contribute less; you might…

The self-employed shouldn’t pay more tax. Here’s why

11 March 2017 19:01

Last Wednesday, Philip Hammond made a joke at Norman Lamont’s expense by reminding the world of how John Major’s first…

Philip Hammond’s budget disaster

11 March 2017 9:00

Some Budgets are historic, most are boring and a small number can be remembered as a disaster. After just a few months, Philip…

Why are New Labour wonks directing Tory policy?

10 March 2017 14:38

Theresa May’s announcement that the vote on raising National Insurance contributions for the self-employed will be delayed until after the…

The newspapers dump on Hammond’s National Insurance hike – again

10 March 2017 8:51

Theresa May and Philip Hammond were in a laughing mood in the Commons on Wednesday. After a second day of…

Revealed: The full list of Tory MPs who have spoken out against the Chancellor

9 March 2017 16:51

Given that Jeremy Corbyn barely seemed to notice Philip Hammond’s Budget blunder, it’s unlikely the Chancellor will be too worried…

The IFS backs Philip Hammond in National Insurance row

9 March 2017 13:47

Philip Hammond is under pressure over his National Insurance contributions hike. More than a dozen Tory MPs have so far criticised…

Philip Hammond’s small print won’t save him from a Tory backbench revolt

9 March 2017 9:21

George Osborne was famous in Westminster when Chancellor for laying large ‘elephant traps’ for Labour using Treasury policy. He was…

What the papers say: Philip Hammond’s broken promise

9 March 2017 9:03

Philip Hammond is feeling the heat this morning. This was supposed to be the ‘boring’ budget, with no headline-grabbing announcements or…

Philip Hammond must act fast to avoid a repeat of the pasty tax row

8 March 2017 16:09

The government is in trouble over the National Insurance increase for the self-employed. Journalists are busy pointing out that the…

Biggest loser from this Budget? The credibility of Tory tax promises

8 March 2017 15:52

There is a very big winner from today’s budget. Not adults in social care, not schools, but Ukip. Philip Hammond…

Philip Hammond brews trouble with his National Insurance hike

8 March 2017 15:20

Philip Hammond had, in his first few months of Chancellor, gained rather a reputation for being an ‘Eeyore’ about the…

Employees lose out after salary sacrifice perks scrapped

29 November 2016 12:50

If you’re not familiar with the term, then ‘salary sacrifice’ is a bit of a puzzler. Just what is your…

Rule changes could scupper full state pension payouts

25 August 2016 12:30

Pensions: about as easy to understand as the theory of relativity. Successive governments have pledged to simplify and clarify the…

EU immigration hasn’t hurt jobs or wages. Here’s why:

12 May 2016 14:14

This morning’s national insurance figures have further stoked the debate about immigration, and the extent to which leaving the EU…