Figures reveal Calderdale will be among the hardest hit areas in Yorkshire in terms of the NI hike on self-employed people. The Chancellor broke a Conservative manifesto pledge by proposing to increase National Insurance contributions for the self-employed, hitting them with an average cost of £240 a year.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show there are over 15,000 self-employed workers in Calderdale making up 11.6% of the total workforce.
The government has also announced cuts to corporation tax are still set to go ahead at a cost of over £2.5 billion a year.
Councillor James Baker, Leader of Calderdale Liberal Democrats commented:
“This will come as a major shock to the thousands of self-employed people in Calderdale already facing a Brexit squeeze to living standards.
“This breaks a Conservative manifesto commitment not to raise National Insurance levels.
“This government is giving tax cuts to wealthy corporations and tax rises to hard-working entrepreneurs.”
“I challenge Craig Whittakker MP to make clear about whether they knew this change was coming and whether they will now vote against it.”