Should there be local Taxpayer Powers for MPs/Mayors – who else? What is National about breaking up the Health Services? Joe Murphy in The Evening Standard on 22nd September reports: Mayor of London ‘should have power to tax residents to pay for a better NHS’. Wriggling on a hook they have baited themselves by neglect, the politicians including the Liberals want to explore every possible device and arena – except rationing… Other areas of the country (Norfolk) will follow: the richer areas will do well, and the poorer and more rural will do badly if this is accepted. The suggestion denies the mutuality needed in a successful, joined up and equitable health service…
The Mayor of London should have the power to tax residents to pay for a better NHS, the Liberal Democrat health spokesman said today.
Norman Lamb told the Standard: “Why can’t London decide to spend more on vital services for older people, to improve cancer services or for mental health if it chooses?”
Under plans floated today most health spending would be funded from a dedicated tax highlighted on payslips — but regional leaders could raise extra to tackle local needs if they wished.
“I am very interested in the idea of a dedicated NHS and care contribution — separating it out from the rest of taxation, clearly identified on your pay slip,” Mr Lamb said. “And I am really interested in the idea of the right for local areas to raise additional funds for the NHS and care if they choose.”
The plan is not yet official Lib-Den policy, but Mr Lamb said the NHS faces collapse without an emergency cash injection. The Local Government Association has estimated £5 billion more is needed to cover a black hole in social care and higher pay bills because of the new living wage.