Writing for The Leaders Council, Kevin Browning, managing director of Global Tunnelling Experts, appeals to UK business leaders to abide by the law in ensuring that their firms are paying out the correct levels of National Insurance Contributions, and calls on the government to crack down on those who do not for the benefit of society.
The irony of it.
While the country is showing positive recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the financial and personal loss for many people will, for certain, take many years to heal.
No one can doubt the dedication shown by our NHS who have stepped up to the plate and delivered fantastically and professionally as always.
Our service personnel have also been on active service for many years and thankfully as a result we are able to live our lives relatively in peace.
The fact is though that we simply do not pay either of the above enough. However, I believe we could if everyone were to pay the correct National Insurance contributions.
It is a fact that recruitment companies are using umbrella companies to avoid this, and the government’s reluctance to address this issue makes them guilty by association.
Many senior decision makers who are so called self-employed, making decisions including employee’s salary limitations, are actually only paying £9.20 per week of National Insurance as a voluntary contribution themselves.
Although many of these leaders are able to afford private medical care, it still morally incorrect.
It is not uncommon in life to have one rule for them and one rule for us, but if this issue is not addressed as a matter of urgency, I foresee further discontent.
The country, as I see it, is like a company for which the current government is responsible for. It simply cannot be allowed to continue to make this blatant loss of revenue, while trying to recover.