Sep 3, 2021

National Insurance: Minister says social care must be properly funded amid tax hike claims

The government must "Find a way" for social care to be adequately funded, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has said, amid reports ministers plan to raise national insurance. The Times adds that Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid wants a bigger rise of 2%.But a source close to Mr Javid said that 2% figure was incorrect and the BBC understands the health secretary is pushing for a lower figure. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Hunt, who now chairs the Commons health committee, said any tax rise to fund social care would be "a brave step for a Conservative government". On top of long-term funding challenges, the social care sector has also faced extra costs because of the pandemic. Some care costs are capped in Wales, and home care is free for the over-75s in Northern Ireland.

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