BRITAIN has agreed that between inflation, rent, mortgage rates and taxes, National Insurance was definitely the problem in need of urgent attention.
A reduction in National Insurance to be announced in Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement today has the whole country sighing in relief, with all their other financial problems trivial in comparison.
Susan Traherne of Skipton said: “Standing here on the brink of winter, there’s no doubt it’s the NI bill that I’m worried about. Thank God Jeremy’s chancellor. He knows what’s up.
“By cutting the National Insurance threshold or whatever he’s doing, he’s tackling our economic situation head-on. As I wrap myself in four blankets on the sofa this evening, I’ll drink a toast of tap water to him.”
Joe Turner of Nottingham agreed: “I had to remortgage in February, that’s costing me an extra £350 a month, the food shopping’s crippling and I’m running the car on fumes. Bloody National Insurance.
“Knocking a penny off that will save me at least £200 a year that can go to paying off my son’s student loans. Just when I think the Tories can’t win me back, they totally redeem themselves.”
He added: “Can’t wait to cash in that sweet state pension. When do I get it? Do I have to be 67 or 68 now?”