A number of constituents have contacted me about proposed changes to National Insurance and Director’s dividends. It is the case that some people are exploiting the status of self-employed in order to reduce their tax liability and it is right that this be addressed.

However, those who are genuinely self-employed deserve encouragement and their tax liability should recognise that they are not eligible for a number of benefits such as sick pay.  I welcome the fact that the Government is keeping to its manifesto promises while considering further how to achieve necessary structural reform.