Mike Hookem MEP Slams National Insurance Rises For Self-Employed
Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem has branded the rise in National Insurance contributions for the self-employed- announced in yesterday's budget, as "nothing more than a shameful sting on hardworking self-starters", saying "this policy needs immediate review."
Speaking while sleeping on the streets to raise awareness of veterans who have been let down by consecutive governments; Mr Hookem, a former self-employed joiner said:
"This shows yet again how the traditional parties are no friend of those who make a massive contribution to our economy through self-employment and want to do nothing other than to penalise their hard-work.
"As a self-employed joiner of twenty years before entering politics, I know just how hard it is to make a living as a self-employed person. Being self-employed has none of the comforts of PAYE employment such as sick pay; paid holidays or other associated benefits. The reality is, life for many self-employed people is hand-to-mouth living which should be nurtured and supported, rather than being slapped with extra taxes.
"And the fact Corbyn did not include this despicable attack on the self-employed in his budget response proves that Labour has totally lost touch with the working people of Britain. However, the fact remains, if Labour were in power, every working man and woman in Britain would suffer under their tax and spend policies."
Mike Hookem MEP Slams National Insurance Rises For Self-Employed, 9th March 2017, 11:53 AM