The Anonymous Widower

Boris And A National Insurance Cut

This article on the BBC is entitled Boris Johnson Pledges Cut To National Insurance.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Boris Johnson aims to change National Insurance rules so workers will not have to pay it until they earn £12,500.

I can just about remember my first real pay packet.

  • I was 16 and it was only a vacation job from school.
  • It was notes and coins in a brown envelope.
  • I was working in a factory designing and building electronics to automate heavy machinery.
  • In the pay packet was a payslip, which included a small deduction for National Insurance.
  • I was a bit miffed at the deduction, as I wasn’t earning much.

What I like about Boris’s plan, is that so many of those employed in lower-paid jobs will now not see a deduction for Income Tax or National Insurance.

What reaction will that bring in those employed in those lower-paid jobs?

  • I doubt anybody would object.
  • It could be a powerful motivator, as they would keep more of the fruits of their labours.

It would also be a very difficult policy to reverse. Imagine a future government breaking the link between Income Tax and National Insurance!

November 21, 2019 - Posted by | World | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. The link will still be broken over retirement age when NI ceases to be payable even by someone who is still working. No party seems to want to change this anomaly.

    Comment by JohnC | November 22, 2019 | Reply

  2. There was talk in the past about scrapping NI and bumping income tax up. After all, they both go into the same tax pot of central government.

    Comment by mauricegreed | November 22, 2019 | Reply

  3. I would rather there were no people earning less than £12,500 for a full time, or nearly full time job.

    Comment by Liz P | November 22, 2019 | Reply


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