They pretend National Insurance isn't a tax. So if it goes up, that's not a tax rise, is it?
But the reason why your pay packet still seems to have the same or more tax coming out is that other bit of income tax Osborne doesn’t like talking about. It’s called national insurance, and since Osborne became chancellor he has increased the NI take from £96.5bn to £110.4bn. For every extra £1 Osborne has taken in income tax, he has grabbed £2 more in NI.