No wonder just about everybody loathes this Government. Two weeks after Alistair Darling's delivers his first boll0x filled pre-budget report the National Insurance thresholds are very silently revised Right now NI is charged at 11% between £5,200 and £34,840. From 6 April next year the limits are £5,460 (+5%) and £40,040 (+16%!) So earn £41,000 and your NI charge will rise from £3,320 to £3,814: a £494 increase. No mention of this by Darling of course, despite the fact that it will raise £4.5Bn!