Sep 5, 2021

Social care: Plans for reform in England likely this week - sources

Boris Johnson promised to fix the social care system when he became prime minister. The fees local authorities pay for care - in a person's own home or a care home - vary hugely. Among the Tories who are against the idea is the MP Marcus Fysh, who said he was "Alarmed at the apparent direction of travel" of the government, and calling it a "Socialist approach to social care". On Saturday, former Tory prime minister Sir John Major backed this view, saying: "The government are going to have to take action to deal with social care and that is going to mean an increase in taxation."I don't think they should use National Insurance contributions, I think that's a regressive way of doing it. The social care system is devolved across the four nations, meaning governments need to develop solutions unique to their own region.

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