Labour opposes Boris Johnson’s plan for National Insurance hike to fund social care
The Daily Mirror says: Keir Starmer has ruled out Labour backing a controversial National Insurance rise to help fix the social care crisis.
Boris Johnson is preparing to announce a manifesto-busting hike of 1.25% this week to raise around £10bn a year for social care and the NHS.
Lifetime contributions on care are expected to be capped at about £80,000.
The Prime Minister is planning to argue that the increase is vital to save the NHS but ministers, Government aides and Tory MPs are threatening open revolt over the plan.
Critics argue that increasing NI to cover reforms will disproportionately affect younger and lower income workers, while pensioners will not pay extra.
Some ministers are also nervous about breaking another Tory manifesto pledge by pushing ahead with the proposal, even if the PM focuses on tackling the NHS backlog.
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