We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise extra £26m for Southend, Castle Point and Rochford

May 6, 2017 9:04 PM

Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise extra £26m for Southend, Castle Point and Rochford

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £130million for the NHS and £59million for social care in Essex, with £14m going to the NHS in Southend, £12m for Castle Point and Rochford and £6.2m for social care Southend each year.

This is the party's flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a 'five-point recovery plan' for NHS and social care in their manifesto.

At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October (link).

Lucy V. Salek

Lucy V Salek

Liberal Democrat Southend West Parliamentary candidate, Lucy Salek said:

"Patients in Southend know the NHS is in trouble. They are bearing the brunt of long waiting lists, cancelled operations and a serious threat to our A&E.

"These are the symptoms of a chronically underfunded service and the blame lies with this Conservative government.

"The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that we cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so.

"A penny in the pound would give the NHS breathing space to improve local NHS services and ensuring the elderly receive the care they deserve."

Peter Gwizdala

Peter Gwizdala

Liberal Democrat candidate for Rochford & Southend East, Peter Gwizdala said:

"We have trusted successive Conservative and Labour governments to look after our NHS but their short-sighted policies have left it in crisis. You only have to look at the plan for Southend's A&E services, which is full of unanswered questions and will cost an immense amount of money.

"The Liberal Democrats are being honest with the public in saying world class healthcare needs to be properly funded. The fairest way to do that is our policy to give a penny in the pound of income tax direct to the NHS."

Norman Lamb

Norman Lamb

Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson and former health minister Norman Lamb said:

"The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be.

"A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view.

"But simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that's why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services in the long-term."