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Community welcomes rethink on self-employed tax hike

15th March 2017

Community, the union for self-employed workers, has welcomed the decision by the Chancellor to reverse the decision to raise National Insurance for the self-employed.


Immediately after last week’s budget, John Park, Assistant General Secretary of Community called on Philip Hammond to “think again” and to “work in partnership with trade unions” to properly support the growing number of self-employed workers.


Speaking after today’s announcement, John Park said:


“This is good news for Community’s self-employed members and we are pleased the government has listened to the broad range of organisations that spoke out against the decision.


“Despite today’s U-turn, the government must keep their promise to deliver improved benefits for the self-employed in areas such as parental leave and Community will seek to engage positively in that process. Only once firm proposals for new rights and benefits are delivered should the government then return to the issue of taxation.


“Matthew Taylor’s review into modern employment practices will be important in shaping the future world of work in Britain. Community will continue to support that review and the government must commit to listening to its recommendations and creating an environment that gives workers both the job security and flexibility needed to make the most of the changing world of work.