Delight for Peterborough’s small business owners as Budget tax on self-employed is scrapped

Joseph Valente from  ImpraGas, Peterborough.
Joseph Valente from ImpraGas, Peterborough.
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Chancellor Philip Hammond’s U-turn over National Insurance contributions has been welcomed by Peterborough’s self-employed business people.

In his budget a week ago, Mr Hammond announced a two per cent hike in NI contributions for the self-employed from next year.

But after a storm of protests, Mr Hammond wrote to Conservative MPS stating the plans, which would have raised £2 billion, had been dropped.

The move comes as a relief to the army of self-employed in Peterborough where it is reckoned 80 per cent of businesses employ four or less people.

John Bridge, chief executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, said: “It was an ill-founded plan.

“It was penalising the very people who are the backbone of economy and who drive it forward.

“We had been hoping for a budget to motivate business people.”

Joseph Valente, who runs his own plumbing business ImpraGas, in Yaxley, and won BBC’s The Apprentice two years ago, said: “This increase should not have been imposed on the self-employed. The self-employed have enough to worry about just running their businesses.

“It is unfair and is a tax on the entrepreneurs of Peterborough.

“It would have been a deterrent to people wanting to work for themselves.”

Doug Balderson, chairman of Peterborough Federation of Small Businesses, said: “We are delighted at the new announcement. The army of self-employed make a massive contribution to the economy.

“A tax-grab on the genuine self-employed – the hairdresser, electricians and plumbers – makes absolutely no sense.”