OTS pushes for higher NICs for self-employed

He argued that the self-employed would not be able to handle any tax rises following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Cribb said: “These are people with the lowest assets and lowest ability to get through the crisis. Taxing them as they come out of the coronavirus is not the right way to go.

“Many of them have already had to shut up shop and they will not be able to survive if they have to pay more tax. The government should leave it for a few years down the line and revisit later.”

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