Big business got a huge win from Philip Hammond’s budget, while workers got shafted

Sophia Akram

In his 2017 Budget on 8 March, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a cut in corporation tax. This will cut the tax from 20% to 19% in April, landing at 17% by spring 2020.

This will mean that, since 2010 (and the last Labour government), corporation tax has decreased by 11 percentage points.

The theory behind the tax cuts is that it will make Britain a more competitive environment, particularly post-Brexit. And more business activity could, in theory, create more jobs.

But many disagree. And it has been claimed that previous cuts to corporation tax cost Britain £5bn a year and delivered diminishing returns.

Meanwhile, various public services would welcome this cash injection:

Who pays?

How will the government make up the billions lost? For a start, it will be hitting self-employed workers. Many self-employed people, already on precarious contracts in the gig economy, will see their National Insurance contributions raised to fall in line with the regularly employed. Hammond believes the difference accounts for £5bn a year.

So while companies like Uber and Deliveroo will save big cash in taxes, their drivers will be paying up:

Is this an economy that really works for everyone?

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– Read more from The Canary on Budget 2017.

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