Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise nearly £50m extra for Derby area

May 6, 2017 7:55 AM

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £47.8m for the wider Derby area with £38m for the NHS and £9.8m for social care each year.

This is the party's flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a 'five-point recovery plan' for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October (link).

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Lucy Care said: "Right now in Derby we are sadly seeing patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and elderly people being denied the care they need.

"The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more.

"A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring people can receive the care they need.

"This Conservative government knows our health and care services are chronically underfunded. But without a bit extra to invest in change, the crisis just gets worse.

"We need to give the system the resources it needs to enable change and improvement."

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:

"The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be.

"A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view.

"But simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that's why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services in the long-term."

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Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise nearly £50m extra for Derby area

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £47.8m for the wider Derby area with £38m for the NHS and £9.8m for social care each year.

This is the party's flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a 'five-point recovery plan' for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October (
link).

Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

"Right now in Derby we are sadly seeing patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and elderly people being denied the care they need.

"The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more.

"A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring people can receive the care they need.

"This Conservative government knows our health and care services are chronically underfunded. But without a bit extra to invest in change, the crisis just gets worse.

"We need to give the system the resources it needs to enable change and improvement."

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:

"The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be.

"A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view.

"But simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that's why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services in the long-term."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The Liberal Democrats manifesto will set out a 'five-point recovery plan' for NHS and social care services. This will include a 1% rise on the basic, higher, additional and dividend rates of income tax in the next financial year raising around £6bn per year, which will be ringfenced to be spent on NHS and care services and public health.

A regional breakdown of how the £6bn would be distributed, based on current funding allocations for both the NHS and social care, can be found
here