Health Secretary tonight ruled out any delay to the April tax grab for the , despite growing calls to delay the controversial rise.
Mr Javid insisted the national insurance hike — which will strip the average family of £600 a year — was not ‘under threat’.
He re-iterated his support for the increase, which will bring in an extra £12billion for the NHS and social care.
Mr Javid told the Commons’ Health and Social Care Committee the extra funds were ‘important’ to help hospitals clear waiting lists, which have spiralled to record highs because of Covid.
The Government is being urged to rethink the proposed 1.25 per cent rise, which is due in April when households face a perfect storm of rising energy bills, council tax and inflation.
A string of senior Tory MPs, business leaders and economists want Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s plan scrapped.
Yesterday, former Brexit chief Lord Frost weighed into the argument, claiming that the Government should abandon the plan because it was ‘not needed’.