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      Social protection for the self-employed in the UK: the disappearing contributions increase

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      Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

      Bristol University Press

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          Abstract

          A recent government proposal to increase national insurance contributions for the self-employed in the UK, in return for improved pensions and potentially also parental benefits, was immediately reversed. This article analyses the reasons behind this about-turn, linking them to tensions between the goals of thwarting ‘bogus’ self-employment and increasing tax revenues versus commitment to a higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare economy. The analysis is set in the context of the singularity of the UK system in relation to much social protection in continental Europe, and wider debates about the roles of individual, state and labour market in providing security.

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          Journal
          Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
          j poverty soc justice
          Bristol University Press
          1759-8273
          June 01 2019
          June 01 2019
          : 27
          : 2
          : 235-251
          Affiliations
          [1 ]University of Oxford, UK
          Article
          10.1332/175982718X15451304773174
          9b5c99d5-3ee7-44e0-b686-cf5c5020cc4b
          © 2019

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