Government plan to increase taxes to fund social care and NHS meets public support

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A survey of 1,500 people found 44 percent supported the 1.25 percent increase in National Insurance contributions, compared to 31 percent who opposed the measure. Nearly four in 10 – 37 percent – believe that Rishi Sunak should balance the books with tax increases, while 28 percent think he should rely on spending cuts and 17 percent think he should borrow money. The poll, by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, found that Covid-19 was a greater concern than the economy (41 percent to 32 percent).

Climate change was third, with 19 percent saying it was the issue they were most concerned about.

However, the planned NI levy has met resistance from campaigners for the elderly.

Pressure group Silver Voices said it was more of an “NHS bailout plan” and said the care sector will hardly benefit from the £36billion raised before October 2023.

It will only receive £5.6billion when at least £10billion is needed to tackle unmet social care needs, said Silver Voices director Dennis Reed.

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He said the Chancellor has an opportunity on Wednesday to consider a U-turn.

“The social care plan is a cruel deception as it does not solve the social care crisis in any way.

“An unpopular tax is being introduced on the back of social care, even though there will be no direct benefit to social care for at least two years. Even then it will be significantly underfunded, and will only tackle small elements of the crisis.”

Mr Reed urged charities and councils to reject the levy and campaign for a replacement to deal with the issue.

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