Hammond Breaks Tory Manifesto Commitment Not to Raise NI

Philip Hammond has broken the 2015 Tory manifesto commitment not to raise National Insurance contributions. It was there in black and white not once but four times:

“A Conservative Government will not increase the rates of VAT, Income Tax or National Insurance in the next Parliament”

“we will not raise VAT, National Insurance contributions or Income Tax”

“commit to no increases in VAT, National Insurance contributions or Income Tax”

“we can commit to no increases in VAT, Income Tax or National Insurance. Tax rises on working people would harm our economy, reduce living standards and cost jobs”

Today Hammond hiked NIC payments for self-employed people from 9 percent to 10% in 2018 and up again to 11 % by 2019. Two 1% tax rises in two years for the self-employed. Tory manifesto promise broken…




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John Curtice on fiscal policy:

“Attitudes to taxation and spending are basically counter-cyclical. If a government comes in and tries to reduce spending and taxation, after a while people will get worried about the state of public services. If a government increases taxation and public spending, after a while they’ll get concerned about increasing taxation…. In as much as there are lots of ideologues out there who think the state should be this proportion of GDP, they’re all wrong. Because the public’s view is counter-cyclical to the recent experience. It’s basically impossible to satisfy the public.”

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