Boris Johnson faces a tax rise battle with his cabinet and MPs as parliament returns on Monday, with the prime minister poised to break manifesto commitments on tax and pensions while plotting a delicate reshuffle.
Plans to raise national insurance contributions to increase funding for the NHS and to overhaul social care have been privately criticised by cabinet ministers – and MPs have told the chief whip they could oppose the measures in the Commons.
Johnson, along with the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and the health secretary, Sajid Javid, will announce a three-year funding settlement for the NHS from next April, as well as extra cash to tackle the hospital backlog.
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PM’s plan for a tax rise to fund NHS and social care set to be opposed by some of his own MPs as parliament returns today.
There is also a planned overhaul of the social care system that is likely to include a lifetime cap on care contributions.