Sep 8, 2021

MPs to vote on health and social care tax rise

MPs will vote later on whether to raise National Insurance to fund health and social care, a day after Boris Johnson announced the manifesto-breaking move. The UK-wide tax will be focused on funding health and social care in England, but Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also receive an additional £2.2bn to spend on their services. All people with assets worth less than £20,000 will then have their care fully covered by the state, and those who have between £20,000 and £100,000 in assets will see their care costs subsidised. The government has also announced it will suspend the so-called "Triple lock" on pensions for one year following concerns that a big post-pandemic rise in average earnings would have led to pensions increasing by 8%.Ahead of the announcement on social care, there was a backlash from number of Tory MPs, who said they were against a rise in National Insurance and Mr Johnson is expected to address the influential 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs ahead of the vote. Chairman of the Independent Care Group, Mike Padgham, said it was a "Huge opportunity missed for radical, once-in-a-generation reform of the social care system", adding it would not address the staffing crisis which was "Sending the sector into meltdown on a daily basis as care providers struggle to cover shifts".

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