News briefing on Wednesday evening: Tax burden reaches new post-war peak

Good evening. Jeremy Hunt has today announced that the main national insurance rate will be cut by two percentage points.

However, the tax burden on the British public will rise higher than at any time since the Second World War.

The tax burden reaches a new post-war high

Jeremy Hunt today announced that the national insurance headline rate will be cut by two percentage points, with the change coming into effect from January.

However, the tax burden on the British public will rise higher than at any time since the Second World War.

Click here to calculate how much you will save as a result of the Chancellor’s announcement.

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