MP gives mixed reaction to this week's budget
MP has given his reaction to this week's Budget, including the controversial
changes to National Insurance Contributions for self employed workers.
Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The big headlines from the
budget fall into three categories for Burnham-On-Sea and the Wells
the 'not too sure about this' pile are the changes to National Insurance
Contributions for self-employed workers. The gap in taxes between
employees and the self-employed is growing whilst at the same time,
the new pension means that self-employed people will no longer get
a lower amount than those who had paid NI as employees. Further
work on maternity and paternity leave will close the gap further."
there is still real risk - and sometimes hardship - in being self-employed.
There is no paid holiday, no paid sick leave and no certainty over
what business might be like in a month or two's time. The tax code
must recognise that difference and so I'm going to want to discuss
this in much more detail with affected constituents and Ministers
over the next few weeks."
the 'looks pretty good' pile is the mitigation announced for those
businesses affected by the Business Rates Review. Admittedly, they
are mostly transitional measures but it will make the impact less
challenging for the businesses affected."
in the 'utterly brilliant' pile is the much-needed additional funding
for adult social care as well as the money announced to fund the
transition to the plans devised by local doctors for a better healthcare
system in Somerset."
also very much like the money for GPs in A&Es. It shouldn't
mask that we still have far too many unfilled GP posts in our local
surgeries, but it is a long-overdue and very welcome development