The Liberal Democrats have announced they would find the extra money for our NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax.
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.”
Andy Strange, Liberal Democrat candidate for Luton South, and Rabi Martins, Luton North, have both endorsed Norman Lamb’s plan.
Andy Strange commented:
“This tax increase is the first part of the Lib Dems’ Five Point Recovery Plan for health and social care. The plan includes an Independent Office of Health and Care Funding which would report publicly on the resources the service needs so that politicians’ decisions on funding could be judged in the context of an independent needs assessment.”
Rabi Martins said:
“We are prepared to be honest with people and say that we all need to chip in a little more. The Liberal Democrats will be the strong opposition Britain needs, with a plan to rescue the NHS and social care.”