Rachel Hopkins MP votes against the Conservative Party’s reckless National Insurance increase that punishes working people. 

Rachel Hopkins, Labour MP for Luton South, today (8th September 2021) voted against the Conservative Party’s move to raise National Insurance by 1.25 percentage points for both working people and businesses. 

Labour strongly opposes the unfair jobs tax, which is the largest rise in taxes on families for over 50 years and the third tax rise in recent months from the Conservatives (following rises in council tax and personal allowances). The jobs tax still would not prevent people from having to sell their home to receive the care they need. 

Rachel Hopkins MP made it clear that under a Labour government, the wealthiest would be asked to contribute more, that any changes should be fair across generations, and that all forms of income are considered. 

Rachel Hopkins MP said: 

“The Tory Party’s unfair tax on jobs will break another of their manifesto commitments. It will damage the economy and fail to fix the social care crisis. The tax will force the burden of funding social care onto hard-working people without the Government explaining how it intends to fix the crisis. 

“This is a tax rise that means a landlord renting out dozens of properties wouldn’t pay a penny more, but their tenants working full-time jobs would. The Tories regressive tax rise would mean underpaid care workers in Luton South paying more towards the care they provide without seeing an increase in their pay. 

While the Tory Government protects the interests of the wealthiest in society, Labour will stand up for working people by opposing this damaging policy. 

“Labour is committed to ending the social care crisis, and we’ve started to set out our ambitious plans. The wealthiest need to contribute more, and taxes to pay for social care must be fair across generations, with all forms of income considered – including shares, dividends, and property.” 

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