Chancellor announces NI contributions to rise

Gordon Brown has announced that National Insurance contributions are to rise by
one per cent to cover increased spending in the NHS.

his Budget speech Brown said the extra tax will apply to everyone earning over
£4,615. The changes are due to start in April 2003.

tax credits given to people with children will offset the charge for many
families, he said.

Government also pledged £420m to help small firms put their payroll online and
to create a universal e-filing system.

firms are also to be given £30m for Investors In People programmes.

By Quentin Reade

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