Lib Dems: Penny rise in income tax would mean an extra £100m for our NHS in Hull and the East Riding


The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax.

The tax would raise an additional £100m each for Hull and the East Riding, with £88m for healthcare and £22m for social care. 

The extra spend on the NHS is the first major policy of the election campaign by the party and it is the party’s flagship spending commitment.

The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

An ITV poll found last October found that 70% of British people would be happy to pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS.

Claire Thomas, the Liberal Democrat prospective MP for West Hull & Hessle, said: "Many people have told me better funding for the NHS and social care is a big priority for Hull and Hessle.

"The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more.

"A penny in the pound on income tax would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services. It would help to ensure elderly and disabled people in particular receive the care they need.

"This Conservative government has left our local NHS chronically underfunded. While the crisis gets worse they don't seem to care and Labour are not providing any real opposition.

"We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so."

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:

“The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be.

“A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view.

“But 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 in the long-term."


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