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Boris Johnson’s Health Tax Hike Voted Through by U.K. Lawmakers

Sept. 14, 2021, 8:15 PM

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to hike taxes to fund the National Health Service was voted through Parliament, a policy that will see the Britain’s tax burden rise to the highest level on record.

Johnson’s health and social care levy, a new 1.25% tax on working Britons and their employers, was approved by 307 votes to 251 in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening. The revenue is earmarked to pay for a post-pandemic catchup program in the National Health Service and to overhaul the country’s struggling social care system.

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