Budget 2017: Self-employed Sheffield woman concerned about rise in National Insurance contributions

Self-employed woman Adelle Draper is concerned about how the rise in National Insurance contributions will affect her following the Chancellor's budget.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 1:54 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:12 am
Adelle Draper and husband Steve Hampshire

The PR consultant felt the Government often hit small businesses and the self-employed the most.

Philip Hammond MP has said that NI contributions will rise for the self-employed from one per cent to 10 per cent from April 2018 - a rise of around 60p a week.

The 30-year-old said: "If it is only around 60p a week then it won't affect me too much. It's only around £30 extra a year, so I can't really complain.

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"It does anger me though because it feels like the Government come down on the little guy at the bottom and let the huge corporations get away."

Adelle travels around the city to see clients - often planning meetings around rush hour, so welcomed the announcement of the £690m competition fund set up to tackle urban congestion.

Her husband, Steve Hampshire, 33, commutes daily from their home in Chancet Wood to work in the Tinsley, but often faces heavy traffic.

Adelle said: "He is head of coffee at Roastology and they have a factory in the Tinsley area which he has to commute to. It should take him around 20 minutes but he often has to leave around an hour before to get there by 8am.

"I am quite lucky that I work from home, so can arrange meetings around rush hour so I am not stuck in traffic.

"I don't think there is much that can be done in Sheffield to ease the congestion but if something can be done then it really would help improve our quality of life."