National Insurance bust-up as Sunak wipes hands clean of divisive hike: 'It's PM's tax'


The tax hike is expected to bring in an extra £12billion, and will go towards clearing the backlog of patients waiting for treatment on the NHS due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is part of a raft of measures, including a pledge to invest £36billion over the next three years in the NHS, and a promise that no one will pay more than £86,000 for social care from October 2023, regardless of their assets.

At the time, Mr Johnson described the package as the “biggest catch-up programme” in the health service’s history.

However, the National Insurance rise is said to have drawn the ire of backbenchers, at a time when it was becoming clear that the cost of living was on the rise.



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