Boris Johnson slaps down Ian Blackford social care row
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Boris Johnson has clashed with SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford as the Government confirmed plans to raise National Insurance to fund social care. In response to the hike in NI contributions, Mr Blackford argued the move would leave Scots out of pocket for a levy for what he termed was an “English problem”. Mr Johnson slapped down the argument and declared that Mr Backford was “completely” wrong over where the burden for the tax overhaul would fall.
The Prime Minister told MPs: “He is completely wrong Mr Speaker in what he says about those who will pay this tax.
“The burden falls most heavily on those who have the broadest shoulders.
“As it should, and it is the richest 14 percent who pay at least half the taxation.”
He added: “As I have just explained to the House, there is a massive union dividend of £300 million across the whole United Kingdom.”
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Earlier Mr Blackford has argued: “The unfairness of this tax hike will be especially felt in Scotland.
“The Scottish Government is responsible for social care and already funds provisions from existing budgets and tax receipts, including SNP policies, including free, personal care. We have done it.
“As the Prime Minister well knows, by raising this levy across the UK, the Tories are taxing Scottish workers twice and forcing them to pay the bill for social care in England as well as in Scotland.
“This is the Prime Minister’s poll tax on Scottish workers to pay for English social care.”
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