Two in three people are prepared to pay more tax in order to ensure the cash-strapped NHS has the money it needs to provide good care.
New polling for the King’s Fund thinktank found that two-thirds (66%) of the public are willing “to pay more taxes in order to maintain the level of spending needed” on the health service.
Only one in five (20%) would endorse cuts in spending on other services such as welfare and education so that the NHS could receive a boost to its budget. Even fewer – 10% – believe that the health service should reduce either its level of care or range of services to balance its books.
Hmm. What is it the Sage of Ely tells us? That there’s a £120 billion tax gap? Tax which should be paid but is not?
That doesn’t, to me, indicate a great willingness to pay higher taxes.