The Prime Minister and the Chancellor said the increase was the “right plan” and “must go ahead” despite opposition, including from some Tory MPs, say it is “progressive” because higher earners pay more.
In an article in the Sunday Times, Mr Johnson and Mr SUnak said the rise – which applies to employees and employers – will help clear the NHS backlog.
Under the new plans, employees, employers and the self-employed will all pay 1.25p more in the pound for National Insurance from April 2022 for a year.
The extra tax will then be collected as a new Health and Social Care Levy.
These changes will see an employee on £20,000 a year pay an extra £89 in tax while someone on £50,000 will pay £464 more.
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