Gedling’s Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing has attacked the the Government’s Social Care NI Tax Hike, after it was passed by the Commons last night.
Labour Councillor Henry Wheeler said it was ‘a smokescreen for 11 years of Tory neglect and austerity.’
He told Gedling Eye: “The Boris mantra of we all need to chip in to help the government recover the spending costs of the Covid pandemic, is disingenuous. Social care was in crisis before the pandemic.
“The National Insurance Tax hike, is a tax on work and will hit some of the lowest paid workers in society. Including those who provide care.
“Under these plans care workers will see their wages shrink, you could argue that care workers will literally be paying to carry out the care work.
“I support Trade Union calls that general taxation should be the way forward to pay for social care. That means taxing the wealthiest, not hiking National Insurance contributions for some of lowest paid workers in society.”
The government won last night’s vote comfortably by 319 votes to 248.
The 1.25 percentage point NICs increase – dubbed the “health and social care levy” – was approved despite criticism the prime minister was breaking a key manifesto pledge not to raise taxes.
Gedling MP Tom Randall and Mark Spencer backed the tax raid while Labour’s Nottingham East MP Nadia Whittome voted against the plan.
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