Dundee charity chief slates former minister National Insurance idea

Updated: May 30, 2019

Feisty Women Chair Ann Porter and Vice-Chair Anne Rendall

Ann Porter, Chair of Scottish charity, Feisty Women, has strongly criticised senior Tory, Damian Green’s latest idea to help fund social care for older people. In his, “Fix the Care Crisis” paper presented this week he’s suggesting the over 50s could pay 1% more national insurance than the rest of the working population. The levy would cost the average worker affected an extra £308 yearly.

Ms Porter accused the former State Secretary of heaping further misery on older workers, especially women. She said, “This proposal is an ill-thought-out, blunt instrument that could have harsh consequences and needs to be looked at in a much wider context. It’s a fact that women in employment don’t yet have equal pay and research repeatedly shows that older women who have been working since the seventies have had a particularly raw deal financially. It’s shocking that women continue to earn on average £300,000 less than men during their working lives. Let’s not compound that with a new and disproportionate form of taxation”.

She called for any proposed changes to be subject to rigorous Equality Impact Assessment checks as required by the Equality Act 2010, adding “Let’s hope this daft idea is swiftly discarded as ill-considered nonsense.”

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