Local MSP Neil Findlay, has attacked the UK budget announcement from Chancellor Philip Hammond for announcing an increase in National Insurance contributions for, often low paid, self-employed workers, whilst at the same time cutting taxes for the very wealthiest in society and big business.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

The Tories’ tax raid on self-employed workers shows their 2015 manifesto wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.

The reality is that for many people they choose self-employment rather than unemployment. They choose it because they can’t get a job elsewhere. This often means that they don’t qualify for a lot of employment rights, such as sick pay, holiday pay and leave, paternity and maternity pay etc that many other people take for granted.

At the same time the Tories are offering tax cuts for big business and the wealthy, which will amount to £70bn over the next few years up until 2022. So its tax increases for working people and tax cuts for the already rich. Make no mistake the nasty party is back, in fact let’s be honest they have never went away. They are not the party of working people and never have been.   

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