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Monday, 31 March 2014
"Filthy Stinking Greedy Pigs"
"Government Stealing The Peoples Wealth"
£10-a-month fee to use NHS: Outrage at call to end era of free healthcare
PATIENTS would pay £10 a month to use the NHS and higher fees for prescriptions under plans revealed today.
People should also face extra costs for staying in hospital, a new report says.
But opponents slammed the “shocking” scheme and said it would hit hardest the most vulnerable members of society.
Patients’ Association chairman Dr Mike Smith warned: “These proposals would undermine a founding principle of the NHS that everything should be free at the time of need.
“If they took money away from hospitals and used it to fund community health services you would cut accident and emergency visits by 40 per cent.
“A lot of hospital patients are older and they want care in the community, but are forced to take up acute care beds costing four times as much.
“They have paid into the NHS their entire lives and now they need it we are telling them they have to pay again.”
The report – published by influential think tank Reform – comes as the NHS faces a funding gap of £30billion over the next seven years.
Fees would be imposed alongside council tax and would supplement established funding from wider levies that is capped at inflation.
The £10 membership could also entitle more people to an annual “health MoT” of basic checks.
"The Death Tax Scam"
Outrage at tax swoop on grieving families as Britain's share in death taxes is revealed
BRITAIN takes a bigger share in death taxes than nearly every other major economy, research has revealed.
As much as a third of the value of an estate can be swallowed up by inheritance tax. For the better off, only Ireland outstrips Britain in the amount of a legacy it will demand in death duties.
Further down the income scale, the UK taxman takes the fourth highest proportion of what is left to a family.
The report, by UHY Hacker Young accountancy group, highlighted how Britain has let more and more families get dragged into the inheritance tax net by failing to raise the tax-free threshold in line with soaring house prices – most people’s main asset.
Other countries have either made sure only the richest are caught or scrapped death duties altogether.
The UK is set to rake in some £24.3billion from the tax over the next five years.
David Cameron last week proposed raising the threshold for the hated tax if he wins next year’s general election.
The Conservatives went into the 2010 election promising a £1million threshold, following the Daily Express’s crusade against the duty, but were forced by the Lib Dems to drop the pledge.
The current threshold, making the tax payable on the value of assets over £325,000 per person – or £650,000 if someone passes everything to a surviving married spouse or civil partner on their death and that person then dies – has been frozen since 2009.
Where a £650,000 tax-free threshold applied researchers calculated that the UK would typically take 25.8 per cent, or £464,400 of a total £1.8million legacy.
That was more than three times the global average of 7.7 per cent.
If the tax-free threshold was only £325,000, for example because the dead person had not been married, the proportion of the estate taken by the Treasury would rise to 32.9 per cent.
Current plans would keep it in place until at least 2018, when average house prices are expected to be at or near the threshold, although in London they have already outstripped it.
UHY Hacker Young managing partner Ladislav Hornan said: “Big inheritance tax bills can reduce the incentive to keep creating wealth in order to pass it on to your family.
“They can also deprive the next generation of capital that traditionally has been key to funding the establishment of new businesses.
“That is why dynamic developed economies like Australia have scrapped inheritance taxes altogether and some emerging economies have never imposed them.
“By contrast, in the UK, the Exchequer has become increasingly reliant on the substantial income streams generated by inheritance tax.
“As more and more UK families are caught in the inheritance tax trap, pressure for major reform is growing."