UK Taxes and Government Spending
There was once a question posted towards the government about ringfencing taxes and dedicating them to specific sectors like care/NHS. Typically, the government dodged this, because they don’t have the back bone to say yes to taxing people, and because most people know fine well the Government wouldn’t give the money to the NHS, they’d use it for their own purposes. So they left it with Council’s to tax people instead
I’m discussing this, because quite frankly, something needs doing with it. The NHS is an amazing service, but without increasing Taxes and making more money, eventually the service will fail. Services are already under pressure now, which is why we have long waiting times. This is due to lack of staff. A budget that is the correct amount would provide the cover for this. Eventually the UK government WILL increase the taxes, but they will allocate the budgets where they see fit. I’m just posting this so people can get a general idea of how the money would be produce, and what it would be equivalent to. If you don’t like the idea of raising Taxes, consider this, the UK could eventually have a privatised NHS service like America when they have no more money and need to raise it via other methods
Personally I think the government needs to be more exact with where they are dividing the money. The treasury need to start coughing up. Boris is wanting to make the British a Scientific Superpower. We are barely doing well now because of the allocation of budgets. So to add something else into the mix is stupid. Make us stronger medically first, we already have the structures in place, just cough up the funds to allow them to develop more.
Now, here’s some numbers
In the UK there are “approximately” – 1.5M NHS Staff, and 1.5M Care Workers
In the UK there are “approximately” – 48M Working age (1.5M Unemployed)
In the UK there are “approximately” – 2000 Hospitals, 22000 Care Homes and 7500 GP Surgeries
Just for reference…
If the government implemented the suggestion £0.01 to NHS for every £1 earned. That’s equivalent to about £10p/m
Assuming the Government said “Yes” they’re willing to tax people X amount which will go directly to the NHS, you would get the following. I broke it down in a table. Click the link below to open it up in a new Window as it’s quite detailed
As you can see, regardless on even the most miniscule amount even if it was just £1 per month out of everyone’s pocket. There would still be a nice payrise, or increase in budget for whatever place/person is receiving it, and it’s hardly going to affect someone that much for them to notice the difference. In the table I’ve written various breakdowns, these included the following
- 100% of the money being given to the NHS / Care Workers,
- 100% of the money being given to the Facilties such as Hospitals, GP Surgeries, Care Homes
- 50% of the money being split up between the NHS workers and the Facilities
- 50% of the money being split up between NHS workers and the Facilities dividing it further
- The last part would be a Split of 70% / 15% / 15%. It’s pointless saying a care home needs more money than a Hospital. End of the day, what’s bigger, what needs the bigger budget? It’s just common sense. You would have to prioritise more of the money towards the larger Facility. They need the money more.
After the #COVID19 outbreak is over, the Government will be remembered for the slimeballs they were, and the #NHS and #CareWorkers and all the other staff will be remembered for the sacrifices they had to endure. So if the option ever comes up about increasing Taxes to ringfence for NHS, the opinion to me should be yes, providing it’s guaranteed for the NHS. This helps medicine and cures be developed when more money is pumped into Science. So the more budget they have, they more they can hire and train. Which increases the overall effectiveness
This is currently how the government breaks down their annual taxes based on budgets. As you can see, there’s virtually no headroom. My annual tax last year is example below. Interesting enough, I’ve actually just added up the below and it comes to 99.8%, so where the hell is the other 0.2%. I’ve included sources below, but 2019 appeared to be around £810B for the entire Government budget which would make the National Debt Interest around £41.31B last year. So 0.2% is the equivalent of £16.2B – damn, I’d love to know where those pennies have gone?
- Welfare (23.5%) £1,171
- Health (20.2%) £1,006
- State Pensions (12.8%) £638
- Education (11.8%) £588
- Defence (5.3%) £264
- National debt interest (5.1%) £254
- Transport (4.3%) £214
- Public order and safety (4.3%) £214
- Business and industry (3.6%) £179
- Government administration (2.1%) £105
- Housing and utilities, like street lighting (1.6%) £80
- Environment (1.5%) £75
- Culture, like sports, libraries and museums (1.5%) £75
- Overseas aid (1.2%) £60
- UK contribution to the EU budget (1%) £50
One of the excuses they made with the ring fencing was that they had to prioritise other areas like Transport/Defence.
I would say Yes to Transport, the idea of Defence personally is just rubbish to me, but that’s what happens, they have to either sacrifice something, or find more money somewhere. This is done via taxation
The UK as a whole contribute towards a National Debt. Apparently every single citizen has about £15,000 of value in National Debt. That 5.1% above in National Debt Interest is somewhere in the region of £47 Billion. Imagine what the government could do with that much more money at their disposal if we weren’t servicing Debt. That’s a different issue however.
So, as you can see. Eventually we’re all going to be taxed more, it’s just a case of WHEN not IF