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More than 1,500 islanders could be hit by the increase in national insurance for
self-employed people says MP Angus MacNeil.
The MP said small businesses in the Highlands and Islands have a higher than average
proportion of the population are self-employed.
Chancellor, Philip Hammond, made the announcement in his budget speech this week.
Mr MacNeil said: “Entrepreneurs are key to the success of the economy particularly
in fragile economic areas like Western Isles.
“Self-employed people do not have the same protection as employees and an additional
tax rise is a betrayal by the UK Government who said they would not do this.”
He added: “The SNP wholeheartedly believe in a flexible labour market, but that flexibility
must be guarded against vulnerability.
“The UK Government has a poor track record on workers protection and rights, and
it is vital that we seek every option to ensure that self-employed workers are fully
MP hits out at national insurance increase
11 March 2017