LBC: Nick Ferrari confronts Sajid Javid on Conservative 'lies'
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In a gruelling interview with the LBC host, the Health Secretary desperately defended the Government’s tax hike despite promising to not raise taxes in their manifesto to cover such costs and promising more money for healthcare after Brexit. It came as Mr Ferrari launched a full assault demanding exactly where the infamous Brexit bus promise of more money has been invested which is estimated to be in the “billions”. But Mr Javid insisted the funds have been ploughed into paying for resources for Britain’s Coronavirus pandemic response such as PPE, masks and the multi-billion pound ‘Track and Trace’ system.
Mr Ferrari asked: “A couple of years ago we were told that if we left the European Union we would be saving £350 million a week that could go to the NHS.
“That is tens of billions of pounds we have saved! Where is it? Why do we need this additional funding now we have left the European Union?
But Mr Javid stressed how “despite the extra money” that has gone into the NHS, including before the pandemic, the impact of Coronavirus has pillaged the promised NHS post-Brexit funding.
The Health Secretary went on to claim how the pandemic has been so impacting on Britain’s healthcare funding that the £350 a week saving “has not been enough to meet the challenges” posed by Covid.
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But Mr Ferrari lashed back suggesting how £350 million a week since January last year, when Britain left the European Union, “is tens of billions of pounds” as he questioned how that enormous figure is not “bailing out the NHS”.
And in a brutal slapdown of the Conservative Party and its track record of promises, Mr Ferrari slammed: “Or is it another lie from Boris Johnson just as the lie in his election manifesto?! Just as there is no £350 million pound a week!
“There are no promises, you cannot believe a word that comes out of a Conservatives’ lips! Tell me where that maybe £30 billion million is!”
Mr Javid promised the money “and much much more” including £29 billion extra in 2021, has gone into the NHS and social care as a result of the UK’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic covering vaccines, extra PPE, and Test and Trace.
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The raging argument comes as the new “health and social care levy” aims to tackle the social care crisis ignored by successive governments for years. The tax hike will see Britons and employers paying an additional 1.25 percent in national insurance a year.
The move comes despite a Conservative manifesto pledge promising not to raise taxes to pay for social care which many Tory backbenchers pleaded with Mr Johnson not to U-turn on.
The 2019 document promised: “We will not raise the rate of income tax, VAT or national insurance.”
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Mr Johnson acknowledged he had smashed the manifesto pledge insisting it was “not something I do lightly” but in defence of the unpopular U-turn, he added how “a global pandemic was in no-one’s manifesto”, a comment which drew rapturous applause from the front and backbenches.
While in an effort to disguise the broken promise from 2023 the new social care levy will be outlined separately on workers’ payslips.
But until then the funding will come from a hike in national insurance payments.
As well as helping to fix funding for the social care crisis, the extra money will also go towards helping tackle the NHS backlog caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Waiting lists are now at a record high with 5.5 million people in England awaiting treatment.
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