Boris Johnson ‘has got this totally wrong’ says Sadiq Khan
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The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said Boris Johnson has got it “completely wrong” and suggested the plans could spark an “inter-generational clash”. Plans for a new UK-wide 1.25 percent health and social care levy will also enable “radical innovation” in the health service, Mr Johnson said. But Mr Khan told GB News: “I think the Prime Minister has got this completely wrong.
“All of us share the need for there to be a properly funded social care system that supports our population who are living longer, thankfully because of the advances in science.
“What it’s not fair to do is to make those who earn the least in proportionate terms, pay the most.
“Those who are renting and have no real prospect of owning their own property.
“Those who have really suffered over the last 18 months because of the pandemic, paying a bigger share than those who own assets and have a huge amount of wealth.
“I think it’s really important as a principle that those with the broadest shoulders carry the greatest burden.
“But also those who are likely to benefit the most putting in the most.
“I hope the government understands what they can’t do is be seen to be rewarding their voters at the expense for those who don’t vote for them.
“We can’t have an inter-generational clash here.”
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GB News viewers were quick to lash out at Mr Khan’s comments as one suggested he was speaking “out of his remit”.
One wrote on Twitter: “And you got the Congestion Charge rises and extension completely wrong. Just worry about London.”
While another added: “He’s just scoring political points. If Boris had said no tax hike, he’d have demanded one.”
A third person said: “Why doesn’t he sort out London’s troubles and leave the country to the big boys.”
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The Government has abandoned a manifesto commitment on increases to the state pension because of concerns over the potential cost.
The triple-lock guarantees that pensions grow in line with whichever is highest out of earnings, inflation or 2.5 percent.
But the policy has been temporarily shelved because the impact of the coronavirus crisis on wages could have led to an unaffordable rise.
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told MPs next year’s increase will be based on either 2.5 percent or inflation.
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