Afterthoughts on the Leaders’ Debate

A weekend thought on the Leaders’ Debate – did I really hear Gordon Brown say twice over “We will use the National Insurance to pay for health care, to pay for policing, and to pay for schools“?  Yes, they were his words according to the transcript:

And yet aren’t National Insurance contributions paid in order to secure for yourself and for your future things like the State Pension Scheme, the National Health Service, any benefits you may need to claim if you become sick, disabled or incapacitated in some way and unable to work?

You pay National Insurance contributions to build up your entitlement to certain social security benefits, including the State Pension. The type and level of National Insurance contributions you pay depends on how much you earn and whether you’re employed or self employed. You stop paying National Insurance contributions in the year you reach State Pension age.” – according to Directgov.

No mention there of NI contributions paying towards the police and schools, so it makes me wonder whether we are paying three times over for the police and schools.   Taxation + Council Tax + NI contributions.

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