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National Insurance U-turn welcomed by the NUJ

15 March 2017

The NUJ has welcomed the U-turn by The Chancellor on the proposed increase in Class 4 National Insurance Contributions.

The union had condemned the move from the outset as an unacceptable burden on freelance workers. One third of its members are freelance journalists and NUJ president Tim Dawson said the Chancellor’s plans would "hit the incomes of some of the most economically-fragile workers in the economy".

John Toner, NUJ freelance organiser said:

“Having announced an iniquitous increase, Philip Hammond has got it right at the second attempt. This is a huge relief for NUJ freelances and, indeed, for all self-employed people in the UK. It seems clear that his boss, the Prime Minister, has had to pull him into line. Clearly, this lady is for turning.”

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