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The Conservatives’ Broken Tax promise

September 13, 2021 8:25 PM
By Rugby Lib Dems

Tory Tax rise Sept 2021Last week the Government have finally acted to tackle the NHS backlog and put more money in Social Care to help the vulnerable.

The changes, which go against the Conservatives' manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.

These plans disproportionally tax working people. This is not fair.

Rugby Liberal Democrats are very concerned about the fairness of a new tax on the wages of nurses, care workers and shop-workers but not on income from investments or to landlords.

Under the Conservatives' broken tax plan, Nurses will pay an extra £325 per year on average.

This Conservatives' tax rise will not solve the national crisis in social care funding, it won't fix the staffing crisis in care homes and it does nothing for millions of unpaid carers looking after loved ones at home.

Social care is local care

Most adult social care is carried out by local not central government.

As a young man, Lib Dem leader, Ed Davey, was a carer to his own mum and has campaigned for years to increase the Carer's Allowance by £20/wk.

You can read about it and sign his petition here https://www.libdems.org.uk/carersallowance

Lib Dems nationally have long called for cross-party talks on how to fund social care in a fair and sustainable way, along with urgent action to fix the staffing crisis in care homes and give unpaid carers the recognition they deserve.

This should be the way forward.