National Insurance contributions will be going up by an average of 15 per cent for more than five million people in April.
The lower the earnings the bigger the percentage rise.
Technically this does not break the Government’s election pledge – made four times in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2015 – that “we will not raise VAT, National Insurance contributions or Income Tax”.
The Treasury told me that the pledge only applied to main tax and National Insurance rates and in any case this increase had been announced by the previous government and so was outside the pledge.
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