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 £28.8 million for Waltham Forest, with £20 million for the NHS and £8.8 million for social care each year.
This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement of the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services 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.
Ben Sims, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Leyton & Wanstead, said:
"Whipps Cross hospital has been in crisis for years. The problems with our local NHS need radical solutions and so I am glad that Liberal Democrats have taken the bold step to rise to the challenges our NHS faces."
"This cash would be a lifeline for local health services. However, the NHS doesn't just need more money, it needs a fresh approach. If elected I will work to get this right, and I will start by listening to those on the front lines."
Ukonu Obasi, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Walthamstow, said:
"Under the Tory government during the past two years, the government has failed to hit the four hour waiting target to treat patients in A&E, as well as the 18 week wait target to receive an operation. This tax will ensure that we immediately get the resources to get our NHS up to standard so that lives will be saved and suffering can be alleviated."
"In Walthamstow, access to GP appointments and waiting times in A&E is a serious concern for our residents. I am committed to ensuring that people in Walthamstow see a measurable improvement in their healthcare services."
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."