Sep 8, 2021

Social care tax rise: Boris Johnson wins Commons vote

MPs have voted 319 to 248 for a 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance for workers and employers to help fund health and social care. Politicians have long agreed on the need to reform England's social care system, which helps older and working-age people with high care needs to carry out tasks such as washing, dressing, eating and taking medication. People will no longer pay more than £86,000 in care costs - not including food and accommodation - over their lifetime, from October 2023.Once people have reached this cap, ongoing costs for personal care will be paid for by local authorities. Along with Labour, the SNP also voted against the government's proposals, with its Westminster leader Ian Blackford accusing the Conservatives of "Taxing Scottish workers twice" and "Forcing them to pay the bill for social care in England as well as at home in Scotland". Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said the prime minister had failed to come up with a plan to tackle care staff vacancies or help unpaid family carers.

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