LBC: Iain Dale criticises Labour for lack of proposals
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Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on Tuesday announced that he would be introducing an increase to the National Insurance tax in order to improve social care. He also admitted that this would be breaking the Conservative’s manifesto promise not to raise taxes. The Labour Party’s Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds spoke on LBC with Iain Dale and criticised the move by the Government.
He insisted it was not fair to introduce this tax as it would impact working-age people the most.
He called for a new strategy that would see those that were more wealthy and with assets to pay for social care in larger quantities.
Mr Dale argued the Labour Party has had years to come up with a viable alternative rather than simply criticising without offering solutions.
Mr Dale said: “I think your problem as a party though is that Keir Starmer has failed to make this clear.
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“You are criticising the Government and saying you shouldn’t be doing it this way.
“But you have had 10 or 15 years to come up with your own proposals.
“I don’t hear any specifics, I hear airy-fairy comments about being able to tax assets, surely you have got to be more specific?”
Mr Thomas-Symonds replied: “Well, the Welsh Government, the most senior Labour administration in the country, did actually come up with proposals.
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“We are happy and have always been happy to talk to the Government about how to do that in the fairest possible way.
“I can’t tell you at the next general election precisely what the economic conditions are going to be for when we formulate that manifesto.
“But we can certainly give the indication at the moment that this is not the way to go about it.
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The Prime Minister announced a new “health and social care levy” to tackle the social care crisis ignored by successive governments for years in the Commons.
MPs will vote on the National Insurance tax increase in the Commons today.
If implemented, the tax hike will see Britons and employers paying an additional 1.25 percent in national insurance a year.
It means someone earning £24,100 a year will be forced to cough up an extra £180 to the taxman, while someone earning £67,100 will pay an extra £715.
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