National Insurance tax

Please see below a template press release on the Government’s broken promise on not raising National Insurance tax. Please note, there are two templates, both are TORY FACING only. The first is for Lib Dems in seats where MPs voted FOR the Government's plans. The second is for Lib Dems in seats where MPs ABSTAINED (no vote recorded) on the Government's plans.


EMBARGO: None

Votes in parliament: Health and Social Care Levy (Ways and Means) 
Division 63: held on 8 September 2021 at 19:14; 319 Ayes, 248 Noes, Question accordingly agreed

[TEMPLATE] [INSERT TORY MP] breaks promise to people of [INSERT AREA/CONSTITUENCY] over unfair tax hike

[AREA’s] Liberal Democrats have slammed local Conservative MP [INSERT NAME]’s choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance.

The changes, which go against the Conservatives’ manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.

[INSERT TORY MP] 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 will fall disproportionately on the young, the low paid and small businesses.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a cross-party agreement on social care, to find a long-term solution to funding high-quality care for everyone who needs it.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat [Parliamentary Spokesperson/Councillor/Local Party Chair] [NAME] said:

“[INSERT TORY MP] stood on a clear promise at the last election not to raise taxes, including National Insurance. Now they have voted to break that promise by hitting hard-pressed families and small businesses in [AREA] with a tax hike at a time many are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.

“The people of [AREA] deserve better than this. They need an MP who they can trust and who will fight for a fairer deal for our area.

“Unlike [INSERT TORY MP], 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.”

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP added:

“The Tories have gone from being the party of low tax to the party of broken promises.

“Conservative MPs have shown that they can’t be trusted and are taking people for granted. It’s little wonder that voters around the country and across the Blue Wall are turning to the Liberal Democrats instead.

“We want to see cross-party talks on how to fund social care in a fair and sustainable way, along with urgent action to fix the staffing crisis in care homes and give unpaid carers the recognition they deserve.”

ENDS

[TEMPLATE] [INSERT TORY MP] fails to oppose unfair tax hike that will affect people of [INSERT AREA/CONSTITUENCY]

[AREA’s] Liberal Democrats have slammed local Conservative MP [INSERT NAME]’s choice to refuse to vote against for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance last night in Parliament.

The changes, which go against the Conservatives’ manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.

[INSERT TORY MP] was one of the Conservative MPs to refuse to vote against the plans enabling the Government to vote through their broken promise.

Liberal Democrat MPs voted against the government plans, arguing that they fail to fix the ongoing social care crisis and will fall disproportionately on the young, the low paid and small businesses.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for a cross-party agreement on social care, to find a long-term solution to funding high-quality care for everyone who needs it.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat [Parliamentary Spokesperson/Councillor/Local Party Chair] [NAME] said:

“[INSERT TORY MP] stood on a clear promise at the last election not to raise taxes, including National Insurance, last night they refused to back. Now they have voted to break that promise by hitting hard-pressed families and small businesses in [AREA] with an unfair tax hike at a time many are still reeling from the impact of the pandemic.

“The people of [AREA] deserve better than this. They need an MP who they can trust and who will fight for a fairer deal for our area.

“Unlike [INSERT TORY MP], 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.”

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP added:

“The Tories have gone from being the party of low tax to the party of broken promises.

“Conservative MPs have shown that they can’t be trusted and are taking people for granted. It’s little wonder that voters around the country and across the Blue Wall are turning to the Liberal Democrats instead.

“We want to see cross-party talks on how to fund social care in a fair and sustainable way, along with urgent action to fix the staffing crisis in care homes and give unpaid carers the recognition they deserve.”

ENDS