The NHS and social care would receive an extra £6bn a year from the Liberal Democrats, it has been announced.
The new funding is the first of the party’s election manifesto commitments and will be paid for through an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax. The tax would raise an additional £51.5 million for Bristol, meaning the city would get an extra £32 million for the NHS and an extra £19.5 million for social care each year. The funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need until a longer-term solution can be found.
This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will set out a ‘five-step plan’ for the NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
Commenting on the announcement, Stephen Williams, Lib Dem MP for Bristol from 2005-2015, said:
“Like many Bristolians, I am proud of the city's hospitals and other care facilities. But our NHS – once the envy of the world – is in crisis. It is vital that all parties are open and honest about the long-term funding our NHS and social care system desperately needs.
“The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that we will all need to chip in a little more. We have a plan for a health service fit for the modern world - a plan that will fix our NHS and care services and leave a legacy that we can be proud to pass on to future generations. We will invest an extra £6bn a year in our NHS and social care system; paid for through an immediate 1p rise in all rates of income tax.This funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need.
“The truth is you can’t have a strong NHS with a Hard Brexit and the Liberal Democrats will always fight to protect our health and care system, to ensure it can carry on delivering for future generations.”