We reported last week the Government announcement that Class IV National Insurance contributions for the self-employed will be increased. The Government has today announced that that increase will not go ahead, apparently in recognition of the fact that to do so would break a manifesto pledge made before the last UK general election. In addition, it has been announced that its proposal to provide greater parity of entitlement to parental benefits for the self-employed will be extended to "other areas of difference in treatment". Quite what that means remains to be seen, but it may once again hint at further changes to employment rights for the self-employed and those in the gig economy once the Taylor report is published later this year.
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