Network welcomes government U-turn on national insurance payments by the self-employed

For immediate release

Wednesday 15 March 2017

The Rural Services Network [1] has welcomed today's government U-turn on increased National Insurance payments by the self-employed.

For the year October 2015 to September 2016, some 17.6% of employed people in rural areas were self-employed – compared to 14.6% of employed people in urban areas.

RSN chief executive Graham Biggs MBE said: "The impact of any increase would have been greater on the rural economy."

Mr Biggs added: "The government needs to reflect on this point as it develops its thinking on this issue."

Notes to Editors:

[1] The Rural Services Network seeks to provide a voice for rural communities by representing rural services, networking between rural service organisations and establishing and broadcasting best practice in rural service provision. It comprises SPARSE Rural, the Rural Assembly, the wider Rural Services Partnership and the RSN Community Group. The organisation works with Rural England, a stand-alone CIC research group. For details, visit

Media contact:

Graham Biggs
Rural Services Network
T: 01588 674 922
M: 07966 790197




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