Coronavirus  

Sunak's self-employed support dubbed 'woefully inadequate'

The chancellor has previously floated that in order for self-employed workers to benefit equally from state support, the tax discrepancies between them and employed workers would have to be removed.

At the start of the coronavirus crisis, the government bowed to pressure and brought the self-employed into its emergency response but with the caveat that it was “now much harder to justify the inconsistent contributions between people of different employment statuses”.

Mr Sunak added: “If we all want to benefit equally from state support, we must all pay in equally in the future.”

He was referring to the fact employers pay 13.8 per cent in National Insurance contributions for every worker.

It mirrored plans touted by former chancellor Philip Hammond to increase National Insurance levels for self-employed people, which were subsequently dropped after he faced criticism that the plan broke a manifesto pledge.

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