Tories Withholding £30 Billion from the NHS and the Benefits System

According to the article in yesterday’s Welfare Weekly, Opinion: £30 Billion National Insurance Surplus A Kick In The Teeth For Starving Families. John Prescott writing in the Daily Mirror revealed that George Osborne had held back about £30 billion in National Insurance contributions from the NHS or the benefits system. The article states that money from NI contributions can only be spent in these areas. It cannot be spent anywhere else. The former deputy Prime Minister recommends that it should be spent on the NHS. The article in Welfare Weekly suggests that it should also be spent on benefits for people forced to rely on food banks due to delays in processing their claims, or sanctions.

Welfare Weekly’s article can be read here at

One question the article does not address, which is extremely pertinent is: Why was this money not spent? Clearly, the existence of such funds gives the lie to the Tories’ claim that the funding is simply not there. Nor can they reasonably claim that they are using the money to pay off the deficit. And please see the many pieces by the Angry Yorkshireman over at Another Angry Voice, Mike on Vox Political, Alittleecon, to name but a few, who can explain why this part of the government’s aims is voodoo economics anyway.

The real reason for withholding the money, it seems to me, is simply for the government to force more people into poverty, destitution and despair. A starving populace is a compliant populace, which they feel will accept any treatment they and the big businesses they represent care to mete out.

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3 Responses to “Tories Withholding £30 Billion from the NHS and the Benefits System”

  1. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. Chris Says:

    The NHS is not funded by the National Insurance Fund. I don’t know why Labour keeps saying that.

    The ring fenced Naitonal Insurance Fund has been full for decades, not needing a top up from tax, and is the source of the funding of the state pension.

    The same state pension denied payout to me, with no benefits, disabled, chronic sick, on a works pension on lowest 4 per cent income, and lost council tax benefit. Whilst MPs take the state pension money as an 11 per cent pay rise in 2015.

    So there is my money, and millions like me, of women born from 1953 and men born from 1951, denied 7 years payout as a couple, whilst about half of this age group are within the working poor or disabled / chronic sick out of work nil benefits

    The flat rate pension takes 10 years of state pension off us all, by raising the required NI contributions from 30 to 35 years, when many poor early retired people have not the means to pay 5 years x £700 per year, and in any case there are so many other conditions necessary to get the full flat rate that not even 30 per cent will get it. And even those who do, lose Pension Credit (savings).

    Many such new claimants from 2016 will get
    NIL STATE PENSION FOR LIFE, that for huge numbers of their sole food and fuel money.

  3. Florence Says:

    Some of the “surplus” must represent the pensions denied to women who expected to retire at 60 – 62, not having to wait anther 5 – 7 years. I’m one who has paid NI all my life, and SERPS II, which I now doubt I’ll ever see. I’m sure many will consider “pensioners” cossetted but that hardly applies to those who don’t get a pension! I’m also sure that the claim for higher social security payments is equally valid, especially those on illness and disability benefits, the crisis loan system, and the ILF.

    In your excellent piece, you hit the nail on the head regarding the deliberate creation of destitution and poverty. It’s money that has been stolen from the poor that has no other use as if it cannot be syphoned off to the already rich. It is now abundantly obvious even to those who hadn’t already seen the base nature of ideological austerity. It is the ideology of pure political spite against the most vulnerable in society.

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