This is a Stretch and Challenge post - it asks you to read a newspaper article and give your opinions based on what you read.
On 8th March, the Independent newspaper broke the news that nearly three quarters of people would pay more to support the NHS, and 63% would support a 'mansion tax' to raise more funds. This would be a tax, paid annually, by anyone who owned a home worth more than £1million (the average house price in the UK is around a quarter of that - £234,000). It would help give more money to the NHS, on top of what is already raised through taxes on what people earn.
The UK currently has a 'progressive' tax system. This means that the more someone earns, the higher rate of tax they pay. For example, someone earning over £150,000 a year pay 45% of their wages in tax. Some of that will go towards the NHS.
This comes as the governments' new chancellor of the exchquer, Rishi Sunak, is preparing his budget for the coming year (how much the government will spend, and what they will spend it on).
Would you support a 'mansion tax'? If so, why? If not, why not?
What would be the arguments on the other side to yours?
Are there other ways to pay the costs of the NHS, besides the system we have at the moment?
Give your answers below, and remember to support your thoughts with reasons and evidence from the newspaper article.