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Johnson Appears Reluctant to Commit to April U.K. Tax Rise (1)

Jan. 24, 2022, 5:35 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to rule out delaying a 12-billion-pound ($16 billion) rise in national insurance amid concerns about the rising cost of living in the U.K.

Asked eight times during an interview whether his government would press ahead as planned with the tax rise in April, Johnson declined to commit to the date, although he said extra spending would be needed to fund the state-run National Health Service.

“If you want to fund our fantastic NHS, we have to pay for it,” Johnson told reporters at a hospital in Milton Keynes. “Listen to what I’m saying: we’ve got ...

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