Boris Johnson confirms controversial tax hike

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The British prime minister, who is experiencing his worst popularity rating pending publication of an investigation by official Sue Gray, announced a tariff increase from April despite the fact that conservative circles are trying to delay it. He made this known through a report distributed to the Minister of the Economy, Rishi Sunak in “The Sunday Times”.

This week Britons received news of a tax hike from next April, confirmed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Economy Minister Rishi Sunak, in a joint article published by the British press.

The government will increase by 1.25% the contribution to social security of enterprises, employees and self-employed workers, with which they aim to raise about 14 million euros per year.

With this new fund, the idea that went through the heads of Johnson and Sunak was to recover some of the investments made during the pandemic, which served to support families and businesses, a disbursement of 480 million euros.

The minister emphasized that this controversial tax collection will be used to increase the potential of the health system, with the aim of reducing the waiting list, which covers a total of six million patients. In addition, they will increase the integration of medical services and social assistance.

This fee will be paid first in April as it is the first month of the UK fiscal year. By 2023, it will appear on receipts as a separate concept called “health and social assistance levels”.

Controversial hike for the Conservatives

Even though the Prime Minister’s will prevailed, the decision to impose a new tax was not an acceptable move within the ranks of Britain’s Conservative Party, which is trying to overturn this resolution or, at the very least, delay it.

The article co-signed between Johnson and Sunak reads as a message of unity between the ‘Prime Minister’ and the minister, who is the one targeted to replace him if a wave of scandals against him leads Johnson to resign.

In a line published this Sunday, the two claim to continue to be “conservatives in favor of tax cuts” and from Margaret Thatcher’s side, an advocate of tax cuts. “We want to get past this phase and move forward with our agenda,” they agreed in the article.

Johnson’s popularity on the streets and his authority before his own deputies have declined substantially following a party scandal during a period of confinement, during which he would violate laws enacted under his own mandate and commit irresponsible acts.

While avoiding criticism and constant calls for resignation, the British political environment awaits Sue Gray’s official investigation into the events unfolding in this pandemic.

The report, which is nearing completion and due for public access, could be a devastating setback for Johnson. In parallel, Scotland Yard is also asking questions about it as announced this week.


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