Scottish Rural Action expressed concern today in response to changes made to National Insurance rates made in the budget announcement today.
National Insurance rates are set to increase by 2% and Scottish Rural Action believes this discriminates unfairly against rural communities, particularly remote rural communities, where 23% of the employed population is self-employed in comparison with just 10% of urban communities*.
National Coordinator Emma Cooper, speaking from the Isle of Bute in Scotland, said “Our rural communities show great entrepreneurship and resilience by pursing self-employment and should not be penalised for this. These are people who often take on more than one job at a time to ensure that the needs of their communities are met, acting as shop-keeper, delivery man, carer and selling their own home-made produce to make ends meet. At a time when rural poverty is a serious concern and we are moving into uncertain times as we head into a hard Brexit, we need support and not more taxation.”
Ref: Rural Scotland Key Facts 2015 www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/03/5411/4