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Johnson breaks manifesto promise with £12bn tax hike for health and social care

Boris Johnson announced a £12 billion-a-year tax raid as his Government broke two major manifesto commitments in a day. The Prime Minister said a new health and social care levy, based on a 1.25 percentage point increase in National Insurance contributions, was “the reasonable and the fair approach”. Under the new levy a typical basic rate taxpayer earning £24,100 would pay £180 more a year, while a higher rate taxpayer on £67,100 would pay £715.

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