British PM promises Brexit health service boost

British PM promises Brexit health service boost

A so-called "Brexit Dividend" will see extra cash flow to the NHS from the more than £9 billion a year the United Kingdom now sends to the European Union, according to Mrs May.

Well the PM told her former adviser it would come from a combination of a "Brexit dividend", so that the United Kingdom can "take advantage" of the fact that "we've got money we're no longer sending to the European Union". Critics say taxes and borrowing will have to rise in order to deliver the pledge, but no detail on how it will be paid for is expected before November's budget.

The NHS has been struggling to cope with funding shortages in recent years, particularly during the flu-ridden winter months.

The Tories have now admitted that the NHS needs more funding, but are not prepared to provide what is required to pull the health service (not to mention social care) out of crisis.

Proposals under consideration for funding the pledge alongside the Brexit dividend are believed to include freezing the thresholds for the personal allowance, the rate at which people start paying income tax, and for the 40p rate from April 2020.

Under the plans, the NHS budget, which now stands at £114 billion, will increase by an average of 3.4 percent a year.

Of the increased investment, Mrs May is set to say: "The NHS will be growing significantly faster than the economy as a whole, reflecting the fact that the NHS is this Government's number one spending priority".

In what is her biggest and boldest policy announcement since her election disaster previous year, the PM announced the extra money for the NHS to mark its 70th birthday.

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The Prime Minister also called on devolved administrations to follow England's lead in moving towards multi-year funding settlements for the NHS, to give the health service greater certainty about its finances. "It must be a plan that enjoys the support of NHS staff across the country - not something dreamt up in Whitehall and centrally imposed".

"There isn't a Brexit dividend", Johnson told the BBC on Sunday.

"Well, I can tell you what I am announcing will mean that in 2023-24, there will be about £600m a week in cash, more in cash, going into the NHS".

Sunday's announcement was also tailored to send a positive message to the 48 percent of Britons who voted in 2016 to remain in the European Union - many of whom are still unconvinced about Brexit as the March 29, 2019 exit date approaches.

However the Scottish official raised concerns surrounding the funding of the NHS in Scotland under the SNP.

"But the commitment I'm making goes beyond that Brexit dividend".

In 2002, then Chancellor Gordon Brown announced a 1 percent hike in national insurance contributions, a payroll levy, to help finance a 6.1 billion-pound increase in health spending and it was a popular policy. The National Health Service is to get an extra £20bn per year.

"People are waiting longer and in pain because of Tory cuts to the NHS", he said. "As a country, we need to contribute a bit more in a fair and balanced way".

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