Critics scoff at UK govt claim of Brexit spending dividend

Critics scoff at UK govt claim of Brexit spending dividend

Hammond could reverse some of the recent increases to the personal tax-free allowance, which is the threshold at which people start having to pay tax on their earnings.

Mrs May is using her speech in London to say the NHS has a special place in British life, hailing the work of those who treated victims of the Manchester Arena attack a year ago.

Britain will have more money to spend on its health service when it leaves the European Union, even as it continues to make payments to the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

The funding will be front-loaded with increases of 3.6% in the first 2 years, which means £4 billion extra next year in real terms, with an additional £1.25 billion cash to cope with specific pension pressures.

Appearing on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show on Monday morning, he said: "It is weird that the government is deciding to bring this very toxic, divisive debate back into the NHS proposals". Details of this settlement will shortly be placed in the Library of the House.

Theresa May insisted in a speech at the weekend that savings could be made once the United Kingdom was no longer paying annual membership subscriptions to the European Union and this could be diverted to the NHS. "By the end of the meeting, some sources of funding had been more heavily pencilled in than others", a ministerial source said.

The newspaper said the precise details of how the spending increase would be funded would be disclosed in a future government budget.

"This must be a plan that ensures every penny is well spent".

It comes after an announcement from Theresa May that the NHS is set to get an extra £20bn a year leading up to that date.

The announcement is timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, which delivers free access to care for everyone living in Britain.


That means making a number of improvements to the treatment and care now offered including getting back on track to delivering agreed performance standards; locking in and further building on the recent progress made in the safety and quality of care; and transforming the care offered to our most frail and vulnerable patients so we prioritise prevention as much as cure.

As part of the initiative the health service will draw-up a long-term plan led by doctors setting out how the resources should be best used, the Government said.

And many of our constituents worry about the mental health of their loved ones, families and friends. The International Longevity Centre calculated that if things carry on as they are, health spending could rise from around 6 percent of GDP in 2019-20 to 16.4 percent by 2064-65, which would be completely unsustainable.

"We also remain concerned about the fate of social care". It is not possible to have a plan for one sector without having a plan for the other - indeed we have been clear with the NHS that a key plank of their plan must be the full integration of the 2 services. "It must be a plan that enjoys the support of NHS staff across the country - not something dreamt up in Whitehall and centrally imposed".

And Mr Hunt indicated that separate plans being drawn up to increase funding for social care could include measures to encourage people to save more to cover needs in their old age.

Finally, Mr Speaker, there are 2 further elements crucial to putting the NHS on a sustainable footing.

Mr Speaker, given the national economic situation yesterday's announcement is bold and ambitious.

"An average 3.4 per cent increase in NHS funding would be welcome but historically unremarkable, a little less than the long-run trend of 3.7 per cent", said Tom Kibasi, director of the IPPR think tank.

That is this government's commitment to the NHS and I commend this statement to the House.

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