Boris and Javid go head-to-head with Rishi, and the two ‘gang up’ on the Chancellor.
BORIS JOHNSON and Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, have “ganged up” on Chancellor Rishi Sunak in order to impose extra taxes.
The Prime Minister is claimed to be concerned about the impact of the coronavirus on public budgets and wants to address the country’s social care crisis.
Mr Sunak, on the other hand, who would be in charge of enacting any new taxes, is said to be more hesitant.
Mr Javid, the former chancellor who took over the Health Ministry last month, may be an ally for Mr Johnson.
They’re exploring a new ‘health tax,’ which would bring in £10 billion every year.
“Boris told Rishi that [NHS expenses and social care] had to be sorted,” a source told the Mail on Sunday.
“Rishi stated that there was insufficient funding and that the only way to support it would be to levy a new tax. ‘Fine, let’s have a new tax,’ Boris remarked.
“When the PM brought Sajid in, he told him he had to back him up against the Treasury on this, so Rishi is being ganged up on,” they continued.
“In our platform, we stated that we would not raise income tax, national insurance, or VAT.”
The Conservatives pledged not to raise income tax, VAT, or national insurance in their 2019 election manifesto.
The proposed new levy is roughly the same as a 2p rise in income tax.
This money would be used to address the mounting pandemic-related NHS backlog and restructure social care.
In England alone, 5.3 million patients are now awaiting operations.
Mr Javid has cautioned that this amount is expected to climb, maybe to 13 million, as the NHS struggles.
“He views it as, ‘The UK has maxed out its credit card,’” a close supporter of the health secretary told the Mail on Sunday.
“It’s not feasible; the system lacks the capacity to deal with future crises. You are overly concerned with interest rates.
“If they suddenly jump, you’ll have no choice except to go to Parliament and say you need to slash spending because you don’t have any other option. No chancellor wants to be subject to market forces.
“He believes the government must obtain funds from somewhere in order to begin balancing the books.”
The Prime Minister has made social care reform one of his top goals, promising to “address the social care crisis once and for all.” Brinkwire Summary News