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Boris Johnson has announced he will spend £100m of taxpayers’ money advertising a no-deal Brexit.
Understandably, this has caused controversy. The SNP’s Treasury spokesperson Alison Thewliss MP called it “a shameful waste of taxpayers’ cash”.
What could that £100m have been spent on?
- Run the entire English NHS for eight hours
Total government health spending in England was estimated to be £125bn in 2019.
2. Given every full-time carer £76 each
There are 1.3m people in the UK who claim ‘carers allowance’ – which is for those spending more than 35 hours a week caring for someone who themselves claims certain benefits. ‘Carers allowance’ is a measly £66.15 a week. So a one-off £76 bonus would be nice.
3. Resettled over 1,000 Syrian refugees
The government allocated £1.7bn recently to re-housing 20,000 Syrian refugees – providing them with accomodation for four years. So £100m could resettle about 1,200 refugees.
For context, there’s about 5,000,000 Syrian refugees – the vast majority of them living in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.
4. Bought more than 100 MRI scanners
They cost about £895,000 each.
5. Carried out 18,000 hip operations
6. Employed 4,000 nurses for a year
On a £25k salary.
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