Whenever we hear policies from ALL the political parties, they ALL usually state hey will not raise taxes. This then gets broken with various backdoor rises. e.g. National Insurance etc.
This is because they're all scared of the dreaded "T" word!
However, I've said over the years, [and it has been a long time], that Income Tax does need to rise, whereas, the political parties never come straight out and say "income tax needs to rise"....until now!
The Lib Dems have finally said that they will raise Income Tax by 1 penny in the pound, raising an estimated £6BN. £3 average per working person. Or, an average of losing just one of those expensive coffees so many people drink!
If this goes toward the NHS funding then GOOD.
Finally someone has the sense to say what actually needs to be done, and is coming out with the truth instead of **** and avoiding the issue, like they all usually do.
I've also said, to help with the roads budget [i.e potholes], why not put 2 pence on a litre of fuel and actually use it for roads, ON TOP OF the usual roads budget? Ring fence that money to prevent it from being used for anything other than roads. Call it a "Road Fund Tax" if you like.
This could potentially raise the billions needed to repair the roads that have been massively underfunded over the last 10 years. After all, the price of fuel rises and falls so often, Joe Bloggs barely even notice when the price goes up or down!
All the parties should be pledging this.
I don't earn a great deal, but if these 2 policies were actually implemented I would be for it.
The Lib Dems are not necessarily my "always" Political choice, however, I will be voting for them this time one, on the basis of the tax above, and 2 for a tactical vote to prevent the Tories from gaining our town.