Social care: PM to unveil overhaul of sector in England
Health / Tue 7th Sep 2021 at 09:00am
BORIS Johnson will vow to end “catastrophic costs” for social care users in England when he sets out long-awaited reform proposals later.
The prime minister will announce the plans to MPs, alongside money to help the NHS respond to the Covid pandemic.
He is expected to breach election promises and raise National Insurance (NI) by about 1.25%.
And the plan has prompted a backlash from some of his own Tory MPs.
It is widely accepted that major changes are needed to the social care system, which helps older and working-age disabled people with day-to-day tasks, such as washing, dressing, eating and medication.
Labour said it agreed with the need of reform, but criticised the proposed rise in NI, saying it would unfairly target young people and lower earners.
A 1.25% increase to NI would mean someone on a £30,000 salary would pay an additional £255 per year.
But the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg understands that after late night talks, ministers agreed pensioners in work would also have to pay the new “health and social care levy” – despite people being exempt from NI payments after reaching state pension age.
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I am not surprised at the "catastrophic" cost of social care. My brother in law has just spent 15 months in a care home at the cost of £6000 a month of which he has paid nothing. Why? Because he lives in a council flat.
Why does NI have to rise to pay for this? Surely the £350M a week saved because of Brexit can pay for this? Afterall, that £350M a week was going to go to the NHS, right? It must have been true, it was written on the side of a bus!
Did I hear it correctly: The Conservatives are the party of the NHS? I think I did and if you believe that BS then you deserve to continue to have your operations delayed or cut. Indeed even after this the clown has decided to raise your taxes without a competent plan to deal with the social care issues or to improve the service and staff levels in the NHS. A disgrace.
P.S. The criteria for staying in a care home and having the costs paid by the local council or the NHS do not include "living in a council flat". The criteria can be easily found - basically the NHS pays if it is for health reasons, or the local council pays depending on the capital assets of the person going into care.