The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the conservative Boris Johnson, on Tuesday broke his electoral promise not to raise taxes by announcing an increase in social security contributions to finance the delicate situation of Health and tackle the crisis in social assistance from the country.
Johnson has presented this Tuesday in the House of Commons of Parliament the so-called “social and health tax”, with which he hopes to attend especially the long waiting lists that the COVID-19 pandemic has generated in Public Health ( NHS).
The conservative leader has recognized in the Lower House, amid the boos of deputies from the different political formations of the country, that the plan was contrary to the promises he had made in his program for the general elections of December 2019, but said that the pandemic “was not on their electoral platform.”
At the end of 2019, Johnson promised not to raise the social security contribution, income taxes or VAT.
However, in an attempt to clean up public finances, severely affected by emergency measures to alleviate the pandemic, Johnson said this Tuesday that, as of April 2022, there will be a 1.25% increase in contributions to social security, which must be paid by both the employee and the employer.
This will allow an annual collection of 12,000 million pounds (13,920 million euros), said Johnson, whose plan affects England, although the other British regions, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will also receive help from this tax.
The current contribution to social security varies according to the salaries of each worker, but the basic one is situated at 12% for the employee and 13.8% for the employer.
The pandemic has triggered the accumulated debt of the United Kingdom, which is close to 100% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Through the current British system of long-term care, elderly people with insufficient resources and who are mentally or physically handicapped can receive help with daily tasks, such as eating, washing, dressing or shopping.
Many elderly people are forced to draw on their savings or sell their homes to pay for their care.
Under the new plan, the State will take care of all assistance to people with assets below 20,000 pounds (23,300 euros), while those with between 20,000 and 100,000 pounds (23,200 and 116,000 euros) must contribute, although never above £ 86,000 (€ 99,760), during the years you need assistance, Johnson has said.
The “premier” insisted that the program aims to protect the population from the “catastrophic fear of losing everything.”
Labor leader Keir Starmer, first of the British opposition, has criticized the program, saying that young people and low-income people will be the hardest hit.
“It’s a tax hike for young people, for supermarket workers and nurses. It means that (homeowners) who lease dozens of properties won’t have to pay a penny more but tenants who have a full-time job , Yes”.
According to the latest official figures, in the 2019/20 fiscal period, local authorities received 1.9 million dependency requests, which is 100,000 more than five years ago.