11 September 2021

PCS oppose National Insurance rise to fund social care

Civil servants have had their pay frozen, kept the country running during the pandemic, and this is how they are rewarded.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the surprising U-turn earlier this week, in announcing the tax hike on millions of working people, before Parliament ratified the bill. 

MPs backed the 1.25% increase by 319 to 248  to reform social care in England and to boost funds for dealing with the NHS treatment backlog. 

The rise in National Insurance contributions will come into effect from next April.  

Ministers said the estimated £12bn a year raised by the new "health and social care levy" will be used to help tackle soaring waiting lists for NHS treatments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

However, unions have attacked the plans, pointing out those who extract wealth from shareholdings, dividends and renting out properties, should have been targeted in a wealth tax, rather than a tax on income for millions of working people. 

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is an insult that Boris Johnson has the nerve to make civil servants and other workers pay for the funding gaps in health and social care when our members have had a decade of pay cuts and freezes. 

“Big companies and wealthy individuals should be being asked to fork out more instead of placing the burden on working people.”