Soaring National Insurance charges will wipe up to £400 a year from the pay packets of middle-income earners from this month.
The change will cost those earning more than £43,888 a massive £348.80 a year
Its not "massive" in proportion, manipulative fuckers.
usual comments about "bleeding us dry", etc however
"A massive" 344 a year? Do you seriopusly think that less than one pound a day is massive for someone on double the national average salary?? Get a sense of proportion.
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- N Kelly, Stringybark Creek, Australia, 15/4/2009 9:31
I love how the Mail insists on calling every tax increase a 'stealth' one when all these things get announced in the fucking Budget. This was first announced in Alastair Darling's 2007 pre-Budget, and was part of Brown's 2008 Budget, at which time the Mail
among others claimed it was a stealth tax. A year on and this increase, announced in the last Budget and widely covered in the mainstream media, somehow still qualifies as stealthy.
these announcements go unnoticed by the public, it's because the media has failed its job, but since the papers were moaning about this a year ago they're just being disingenuous now. Other ways in which this exact same bit of news was reported by the Mail alone:
Brown faces business backlash over '£2.6bn-a-year cost' of National Insurance hike
("The measure means that middle income families earning more than £40,000 will lose an extra £195-a-year")
NATIONAL INSURANCE: Surprise hike to hit middle income families with extra £551 bill
("The Chancellor's increase in National Insurance contributions of half a percentage point will strip an extra £195 a year from those households earning about £45,000")