Health Minister Sajid Javid has defended the increase in government public insurance, which should be introduced from today.
MP Bromsgrove told Sky News Breakfast a program earlier today that “is right that we pay for what we enjoy.”
“Why is all this necessary, whether for health care or for social assistance? This is due to the effects of the pandemic.
“We know this is unprecedented, it has been the biggest problem in our lives and the consequences will continue for many years to come,” he explained.
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“You asked me about the fairness of this. If we spend money on utilities, be it the NHS or something else, the money can only come from two sources: either you collect it directly from people today, that is, through taxes, or you borrow it, which is essentially you are asking the next generation to pay for it. ”
“I think it’s right that we pay for what we enjoy as a country, but we do it honestly, and this fee, the way it goes up, is that the 15 percent of the highest paid will pay almost 50 percent, and I I think that’s the right way to do it. ”
The increase is accompanied by rising energy prices and general price inflation. Yesterday’s year-on-year inflation in the OECD region rose to 7.7 percent in February 2022, reaching its highest level since December 1990.
Asked by broadcasters about the rising cost of living, he avoided questioning whether he would have approached the situation differently than Risha Sunak’s spring statement if he had remained chancellor.
“Look, I’m not the Chancellor,” he replied, continuing, “I’m the Minister of Health, and my job is to make sure we do our best to recover from the pandemic when it comes to health and welfare. .
“But when it comes to the Treasury, the Chancellor and the support that has been provided, I think the emphasis is absolutely right.
“When it comes to the cost of living, I don’t think anyone who listens thinks the government can in any way alleviate the global inflation crisis for everyone. But what the government can do is support those who need it most. ”
In a financial report by the House of Commons last month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a reduction in the fuel tax of 5 pence per liter “only for the second time in 20 years” and an increase in the national income tax threshold by £ 3,000.
With “borrowing and debt reduction, only the Conservative Party can be trusted with taxpayer money,” the chancellor argued.