Boris Johnson warned of National Insurance 'gamble' by MP
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Despite pledging not to raise taxes in his 2019 manifesto, Mr Johnson has increased National Insurance by 1.25 percentage points for the average worker in the UK – a move that has split opinion within political parties and the public. The Government has pledged to invest £36 billion over the next three years to help the NHS recover from the coronavirus pandemic and reform the adult social care system so people no longer face catastrophic care costs.
Mr Johnson said: “Of course, no Conservative Government ever wants to raise taxes.
“And I will be honest with the House: I accept that this breaks a manifesto commitment, which is not something I do lightly.
“But a global pandemic was in no one’s manifesto. I think that the people of this country understand that in their bones and can see the enormous steps this Government and the Treasury have taken.”
The move was decided alongside the Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
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The poll was conducted after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he would increase National Insurance by 1.25 percentage points to pay for the NHS backlog and the long-standing social care crisis.
On September 7, the poll surveyed 1869 adults and were asked the question: The Government has announced a rise of 1.25 percent on National Insurance, which it says will go towards paying for the NHS and social care. Do you support or oppose this rise?
Britons were nearly directly split on how they feel about the tax rise, with 44 percent in favour compared to 43 percent who opposed.
There were stark differences in the ways age groups decided to vote – with older people more likely to back the tax increase, and younger individuals more likely to be against it.
Older generations are substantially more supportive, with 68 percent of those aged 65 and above supporting the reform.
This is compared to only 23 percent who oppose the NI hike.
By contrast, only 26 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds back boosting NI, while 47 percent are opposed.
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In the 25 to 49 age range, 32 percent were in favour to the rise whereas 53 percent were against Mr Johnson’s fundraising methods.
Overall, Britons under the age of 65 tend to say it is not fair, including 51 percent of 50 to 64-year-olds.
The poll also found Tory voters were more likely to support the increase, with 59 percent backing the Government and 19 percent strongly supporting the measure.
Labour voters are more likely to condemn the Tories for breaking their manifesto promises, with 69 percent saying it was unacceptable.
The poll found 20 percent of Labour voters thought it was acceptable.
Men and women were fairly evenly split on the vote, with 13 percent of men and women both strongly supporting the measures, and 31 percent of both saying they tend to support.
More men strongly opposed the tax raid, with 29 percent not too keen on a rise in National Insurance.
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