BRITONS are optimistic about the country’s future after Brexit – and are willing to pay higher taxes for a better UK. They want to see pensioners looked after properly, youngsters helped on to the housing ladder and improved GP services.
The public is prepared to pay for a brighter future, according to an exclusive Daily Express poll. Our State Of The Nation survey reveals people are backing Boris Johnson to think big and make the country better.
Almost half the nation say they feel positive about Britain’s future as we leave the European Union.
This rises to 57 percent among those aged 55-plus.
The Prime Minister will spend this weekend at Chequers finalising a Cabinet reshuffle, putting in place the decision-makers to shape the future of our country outside Europe.
Our poll indicates Mr Johnson is riding a tide of goodwill and that the public want him to think big on the issues that matter to them.
Some 56 per cent of our poll respondents are willing to pay more money to ensure that social care is properly funded.
This rises to a staggering 70 per cent among those aged 55-plus.
Even 43 percent of the 18 to 34 age group support tax rises to fund the care system.
Mike Padgham, the chairman of the Independent Care Group, said: “We have long argued that people in this country would be willing to pay a little more – either via income tax or National Insurance – to have a better social care system.
“The Government has yet to recognise that if we want to have good care for an ageing population then we have to be prepared to pay for it.
“The Express poll has shown that people would be willing to pay for good social care – now the Government needs to get on with it.”
Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, said: “It’s great to see so much support for the idea that we all need to put our hands in our pockets to help fund a decent care system. Let’s hope the Government takes notice and responds.”
The poll also found 43 percent of people believe free TV licences for over-75s should be scrapped.
There was also support across all ages – 44 percent – for some kind of financial help for first-time buyers to get on the housing ladder.
Former Brexit minister David Jones said: “It simply goes to prove that people voted last December on the basis of looking for a brighter future.
“Now Brexit is out of the way it has lifted the mood of the nation and people are looking forward to that bright future.”
Tory MP Mark Francois, below, said: “The national mood now is definitely glass half full, rather than glass half empty.
“After years of division and doubt, there is a newfound sense of confidence that we are moving forward at last. Global Britain – bring it on!”
It seems a resurgent Britain will see another housing boom following our long-awaited departure from the EU.
The country’s biggest mortgage lender Halifax today announced property price rises.
Just last week, property website Rightmove recorded its largest January rise in homes for sale.
Miles Shipside, Rightmove’s director and housing market analyst, said: “Nearly 65,000 properties were marketed between December 8 and January 11, so most of them came to market after the December 12 election.
“Given that this is the largest monthly rise we have ever recorded at this time of year, it would appear that many of these new sellers are feeling a surge
“Buyers are also optimistic, with a jump in demand since the election. In the period immediately after the election, enquiries to estate agents were up by 15 per cent, compared to the same period a year ago.”
Business groups are also positive about the UK.
Bold action on skills, innovation and new infrastructure can kick-start a new decade of growth and investment, officials say.
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, the director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said: “At the start of this new decade, firms are feeling more optimistic and want to invest.
“The upcoming historic Budget offers the chance to turn rising optimism into a surge in investment across the UK.
“Backed by a pro-enterprise Budget for skills, infrastructure and innovation, business can help kickstart a new decade of UK growth and job creation.
“And it is investment that will enable all regions of the UK to share in rising prosperity.
“It will put the UK on track to lead the world in innovation, clean growth and the industries of the future, from AI and robotics to agri-tech and life sciences.
“Trade policy will continue to matter, but with strong domestic policy, British firms are ready to invest and get the UK into the fast lane of global economies.”
Perhaps buoyed by Mr Johnson’s election promise of 20,000 more police on the streets, 82 percent of people report feeling safe in their communities, the ComRes survey found.
One in five said they feel very safe, with just 16 percent of residents not feeling very secure locally.
In London, 74 percent of adults are confident about their personal safety, as are 93 percent in the South-west.
Surprisingly, the younger age groups reported feeling more threatened.
Nineteen percent of those aged 18 to 34 and 18 percent of 35- to 54-year-olds feel unsafe in their local community, compared to just 13 percent of those aged over 55.
Almost half of respondents think the Queen is the best representative of Great Britain on the world stage, according to the poll.
Some 43 percent chose Her Majesty as the UK’s best figurehead, outstripping her grandson Prince William, who was on 25 percent.
Mr Johnson was well thought of in the political field among the survey’s respondents.
In all, 33 percent would prefer to debate politics with him than anyone else.
Presenter Piers Morgan was chosen by 15 percent.
The poll also found most British men want to spend St Valentine’s Day with TV host Holly Willoughby (40 percent).
She was followed by the Duchess of Cambridge (17 percent).
Meanwhile, women are mostly likely to want to spend it with Daniel Craig (30 percent).