Tim Farron believes the Tory Government have betrayed the self-employed
The attack came after the Chancellor announced self-employed workers paying the main rate of class 4 National Insurance contributions will see an increase by one per cent to 10 per cent in April 2018.
The rise to 11 per cent increase in April 2019 will follow, altogether raising an estimated £145million-a-year by 2021/22 at an average cost of 60p a week to those affected.
The news comes despite a series of Tory pledges promising not to increase National Insurance Contributions.
While Mr Hammond said the changes represented a way of making the tax system fairer, critics have condemned the move and described it as a tax on the “White Van Man”.
Speaking on Newsnight, the Liberal Democrat leader said: “The omNICshambles, which was coined in our office, is a betrayal of many people who supported the Conservative Party – people who were self-employed, people who perhaps, after the crash in 2008, who found themselves out of work… and chose to set up their own businesses.
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“They’re the kind of people the Government should be thankful to – they kept the unemployment figures long than they were going to be.”
In the aftermath of the Budget speech there have been a number of attacks on the Tory Government for scaling back on their 2015 election promises over national insurance.
Then-Chancellor George Osborne said in 2015 that it was a “Conservative pledge” for there to be “no increases in national insurance”.
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A “tax lock” legislation, which banned tax rises until May 2020, was later introduced by the Tories in September 2015.
Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow told Conservative MP Jane Ellison her party had lied to the electorate.
He said: “You’ve told voters ‘we will not raise it’, but you have!
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“I’m sorry but either this is a promise or it isn’t and this, of course, brings politics into disrepute – you’ve lied!”
Later, Sky News presenter Adam Boulton accused the same Tory MP of disrespecting the self-employed with the tax hike.
He told Ms Ellison: “The self-employed had been seen as the great success story of the level of employment in this country, now you’re kicking them in the teeth.”