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Government launches ‘ambitious’ social care plans

Social care minister Gillian Keegan has claimed the government’s new white paper on adult social care provides an “ambitious 10-year vision”. Ms Keegan told MPs that many of the sector’s issues are so problematic “that successive governments over decades have decided to duck them rather than deal with them but this Government is determined to…

Social care white paper introduced amid criticism from Labour

Labour’s Liz Kendall criticised the adult social care white paper announcement today, saying: “Is that it?”   In a statement to the House, Gillian Keegan, the minister of state for health and social care, said: “Today’s white paper is an important step on our journey to giving more people the dignified care that we want…

MPs back controversial social care reforms

MPs have passed a controversial amendment to the health and care bill that will change the way the social care cap is calculated. The government has been criticised by a number of its own MPs in recent days over plans to change the calculation of the social care cap. The new proposals would see those…

Government bodies ‘exempt’ from health and social care levy

he Treasury has admitted that government bodies will be effectively exempt from a new tax hike, during a committee session on efficiency in government spending. Cat Little, director general public spending at the Treasury, told the public accounts committee that “government departments who are directly employing individuals who have to pay higher employer national insurance…

We shouldn’t raise National Insurance, we should scrap it

Later today the government will announce its solution to the unsolvable problem: how to pay for social care. As with most government announcements, much of it has already been leaked to give them the opportunity to read the room before officially committing to anything. It is anticipated they will announce an increase in National Insurance…

Government breaks manifesto pledge to fund social care

Boris Johnson declared that “a global pandemic was in no one’s manifesto”, as he defended the government breaking a manifesto pledge to tackle the NHS backlog and fund social care. In newly unveiled plans to overhaul social care, the prime minister announced a new 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy, funded by National Insurance Contributions.…

National insurance rise dominates PMQs

  Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, called the planned National Insurance rise a “regressive Tory poll tax” during Prime Minister’s Questions today in the Commons. The planned 1.25 percentage point rise to National Insurance in order to raise money for the NHS and adult social care dominated the debate. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said:…

Fixing social care: ‘People don’t want to think about it’

Eye-watering bills, a declining workforce and an ageing population, social care in England has been at breaking point in England for a number of years. Coupled with a covid-inflicted NHS, the government has decided to act. A new £36 billion investment in the health and care system has been announced, funded by a new health…

Tories break manifesto promise to pass national insurance rise

The government has broken a manifesto pledge not to increase national insurance as MPs voted to raise NI by 1.25 percentage points yesterday evening. Labour said that this was a “tax on jobs”, with Rachel Reeves, shadow chancellor of the exchequer, saying: “The country is now littered by Tory broken promises torn from the election…

Creating a ‘safe-space’ in investigations: the Health and Care Bill and the creation of the Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB).

As MPs begin detailed scrutiny of the health and care bill, MDU head of government and external relations, Thomas Reynolds, explains why we are urging MPs to make a small but crucial amendment to the legislation. A learning culture in the NHS is something that has to be constantly nurtured, and the health and care…

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