Michael Tomlinson was one of the 317 Conservative MPs to support the plans. Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the government plans, arguing that they fail to fix the ongoing social care crisis and as the tax rise applies only to incomes under £50,000 - will fall disproportionately on the young, the low paid and small businesses, and those who has suffered the most during this pandemic.
Under the proposal 90% of the expected revenues WILL NOT even be going toward social care for the first three years, but dealing with the crippling NHS backlogs that have existed for years and been exacerbated by the pandemic. Unless the PM expects us to believe he will cut billions from the NHS just before the next election, this money will never be used to fund social care. Yet no one in the Conservative Party seems to want to be honest about the fact that these tax hikes will continue to leave Social Care an under-funded and growing problem, hoping to instead pass on the costs and criticism to local Councils once again.
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson and local Councillor Vikki Slade said:
“Michael stood on a clear promise at the last election not to raise taxes, including National Insurance. Now he and his colleagues have voted to break that promise by hitting hard-pressed families and small businesses in Dorset with a tax hike at a time many are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic. We should be taxing those with the broadest shoulders who have continued to profit during this pandemic, but the Tories have instead chosen to hit the lowest paid in our society the hardest.
“The people of Mid Dorset & North Poole deserve better than this. They need an MP who they can trust and who will fight for a fairer deal for our area and our residents. The way this tax rise has been rushed through in a matter of days without proper scrutiny after years of waiting is very alarming. This much exalted care cap does not include accommodation so those in residential care could still find themselves paying tens of thousands more. Councils will also face burdens in working out these costs which some have described as unworkable and there is no word on extra funding to support local authorities to do this.
“Unlike Michael Tomlinson, the Liberal Democrats opposed these unjust plans in Parliament. We have been clear about how to fix the social care crisis in a fairer way, instead of hiking taxes on those who can least afford it.”