The Leader podcast: Will Boris Johnson’s £36bn tax rise gamble pay off?

By Rachelle Abbott

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Commons the plans were “right and reasonable and fair” (House of Commons/PA)

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The Evening Standard’s Jack Kessler takes a look at the numbers as the Prime Minister announces a 1.25% increase in National Insurance to, Boris Johnson says, fix social care and the NHS following the devastation of the pandemic.

The government says the move will raise £36bn, but it breaks a manifesto commitment not to raise taxes and some in the Conservative party have said they’re opposed to the move.

We ask Jack why the PM’s taking a gamble, exactly what the proposals actually mean, and whether or not it’ll pay off the PM?

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