Manifesto row clouds chancellor’s attempt at low-key budget

Philip Hammond’s plan to bring NICs for employed and self-employed into line breaks Tory commitment made in 2015

Philip Hammond has been accused of breaking a key Conservative manifesto pledge after his first budget announced increases in national insurance contributions (NICs) for the self-employed to help solve the funding crisis in social care.

The chancellor’s attempt at a low-key package threatened to be overshadowed by a row over whether the plan to bring NICs for the employed and self-employed into line would both stifle enterprise and break a commitment made by David Cameron in 2015.

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