We need £2,000 more per household for the NHS, a new report says

But the government doesn't want to budge.

Behind the scenes, when they're not talking about Brexit, politicians are debating how exactly Theresa May is going to make good on her promise for a long-term NHS funding plan.

Two think-tanks released a report today saying things they're not gonna want to hear: it's gonna take £2,000 more a year from each household.

What it means: Back in the 1990s, NHS funding grew at about 4% a year. In the early 2000s, it was almost 6%. Since the Conservatives came back into power, it's been around 2% – that's because of 'austerity', the policy of spending as little as possible from government to try and get rid of debt.

The Treasury (aka money-decision-makers of gov) want to stick to their 2% average – but according to this new report, it's not a question of how efficiently the money is being spent. With an ageing population and a rising number of people with long-term health conditions, it's that we just don't have enough.

They recommend an increase of on average 4% a year in spending, and say they can't think of anywhere it could come from other than income tax – which means an average of £2,000 per household per year, to keep the NHS from "treading water".

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