Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise over £124 million extra for Surrey

by willforster on 11 May, 2017

The Lib Dems have announced we would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in our first major manifesto commitment of the General Election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £124.7 million for Surrey, with £76 million for the NHS and £48.7 million for social care each year.

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

Right now in Woking and right across Surrey we are seeing patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly being denied the care they need.  The Lib Dems and I 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 the elderly receive the care they deserve.  This Conservative Government has left our health and care services chronically underfunded – and while the crisis gets worse they just do not seem to care.  We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so.

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

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