We are campaigning to give the NHS the funding it needs. Our plan is to put an extra 1p on every £1 of tax paid to help fund the NHS.
The tax would raise an additional £39m for Calderdale, with £32m for the NHS and £7m for social care each year.
This is our flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October (link).
Liberal Democrat candidate for Calder Valley Cllr Janet Battye said:
"Right now in Calderdale we are seeing urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly being denied the care they need.
"The Liberal Democrats are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more.
"A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring the elderly receive the care they deserve.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Halifax Cllr James Baker said:
"This Conservative government has left our health and care services chronically underfunded - and while the crisis gets worse they just don't seem to care.
"Under current proposed plans they are even talking about shutting our local emergency Stroke Unit."
"We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so."