NHS trusts are facing a new challenge in their cash strapped struggle to provide a high standard service. Now hospitals are faced with a sharp rise of 21% (£ 322 millions) in business rates on their property. As an example, the Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham will face a tax bill rise from £2.8m per year to£6.9m unless MPs and ourselves can persuade the Government to relent. One solution would be to allow NHS properties to claim charity status reductions of 80% as some private hospitals eg the Nuffield Trust already do but so far that sensible suggestion has been rejected by Jeremy Hunt.
We contend that, far from imposing yet another financial burden on the NHS, the Government should be doing all it can to save health costs from rising by reducing property tax payments rather than increasing them so dramatically. Tax payers tell us that they are more than happy to contribute a little more for the NHS for improved medical care but not to see it returned to the Treasury in tax.
Please email your local MPs to urge them to ask Jeremy Hunt to reverse this increase and to bring NHS hospitals in line with private sector by allowing them to claim the 80% charitable status reduction (without becoming charities, of course).
Norman Lamb MP, Liberal Democrat health spokesman , has a petition on his website which you can also sign supporting a 1p in the £ tax increase ring-fenced for the NHS. Together we can take this positive action to help our wonderful NHS.
I’m really proud to call Bromsgrove my home. I’ve always thought it was a great place to live and was delighted when my wife and I were finally able to buy our first home in Norton last year, after years of renting.
This is a really creative and industrious town, as demonstrated by the range of long standing businesses located here and the amazing news last year that we have had more business start ups than anywhere else outside of London.
I’m standing for election this May because I want hard working local residents to get the investment they deserve in their town. For too long we have been overlooked whilst major investment decisions favour other areas.
Take, for example, the traffic congestion which is crippling our town. Conservatives on Worcestershire County Council are happy to spend £42m on major upgrades to the A4440 around Worcester but have refused to consider a western relief road for Bromsgrove to unblock bottle necks on the A38. Bromsgrove Lib Dems have long campaigned for a relief road parallel with the M5 as a lasting solution to congestion problems but the Conservative controlled County Council will only commit to minor changes to the A38 which will not solve the problem. If elected in May I will champion our area and fight to tackle traffic congestion.
Bromsgrove Lib Dems offer a strong local voice for our area and are independent of central government. We will fight against damaging cuts to our public services and the unpleasant, divisive noises we have been hearing recently from other parties.
I care about Bromsgrove Central because I live here. I get stuck in the same traffic jams as you and packed into the same overcrowded trains . I want to work with local residents to make this town the best it can be.
Your views matter so please get in touch I’d love to hear from you.