Hammond urged not to penalise freelancers in #Budget2018 – story for the Herald

SELF-EMPLOYMENT is on the march in Scotland with 44 per cent more women and 13% more men working for themselves since the financial crash of 10 years ago this month.

But concerns are growing that Chancellor Philip Hammond again has the self-employed in his sights for a Budget tax grab, as he casts around for cash to fund the UK Government’s £20 billion NHS promise.

In the past decade the proportion of the Scottish workforce who are self-employed has risen from 14.1% to 15.8% for men and from 6.3% to 8.6% for women.

The Federation of Small Businesses has said boosting self-employment “could help to turn around some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged places”.

Following his first Budget last year, Mr Hammond was forced into a humiliating retreat from raising national insurance contributions for 2.5 million self-employed people after admitting it flew in the face of a Tory manifesto tax promise. But the Chancellor still defended the policy, saying it was right to “reflect more fairly the differences in entitlement” between employed and self-employed people.

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