Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak confirm rise in National Insurance

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have said a planned £12bn rise in National Insurance from April is "the right plan" and "must go ahead".

The duo claim NI payments are increasing to help the NHS recover after the pandemic.

Under the plans, employees, employers and the self-employed will all pay 1.25p more in the pound for NI from April 2022 for a year.

After that, the extra tax will be collected as a new Health and Social Care Levy.

With the rising cost of living, there have been calls for the government to cancel the tax hike, which Johnson and Sunak have ignored.

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