Johnson raises taxes due to healthcare costs after corona
British Prime Minister Johnson has announced a 1.25 percent tax increase. With this increase, he wants to reform the health care system and eliminate the backlog in non-critical care due to the corona pandemic. The cabinet has agreed to the proposal.
The plan has been sent to parliament. It will become clear later what exactly it means in terms of content. “It would be wrong to say that we can afford this recovery without making the difficult but responsible decisions about how we are going to fund it,” Johnson told parliament.
He calls it irresponsible to take on new loans and increased debt to combat the costs of the pandemic. In addition, the costs of the health care system will rise due to the ageing population. On top of that comes the aftermath of the pandemic. Johnson wants to raise income tax to accommodate that.