Lib Dems pledge health and social care tax rise


The Liberal Democrats have pledged a 1p rise in income tax to fund the NHS and social care as part of its general election manifesto.

The party said the rise on all income tax bands and dividends would raise around £6bn a year, the BBC reported.

Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “”This is an average of £3 a week for the average earner in this country, so a pint of beer a week to pay for a health and social care service that will last us from cradle to grave.”

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He said everyone needed to “chip in a little more” to fund health and social care.

Mr Farron added: “Theresa May doesn’t care about the NHS or social care. People are lying on trolleys in hospital corridors and she has done nothing. The truth is you can’t have a strong NHS with a hard Brexit.”

The Liberal Democrats said social care would receive £2bn a year from the tax hike on top of the £2bn additional funding having been pledged by the current government to 2020.

Lib Dem Health Secretary Norman Lamb said: “Simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that’s why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services long-term.

“We also need to do much more to keep people fit and healthy and out of hospital, and that is why this new funding will be targeted to those areas that have the greatest impact on patient care such as social care, general practice, mental health and public health.”

The Tories have promised to release details of their plans for social care in their manifesto which is due to be launched today (see Social care plan could make Tory manifesto).


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