Boris Johnson to lead Downing Street press conference today

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host a press conference on Downing Street this afternoon, attended by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Minister of Health Sajid Javid.

The briefing follows an announcement in parliament .

It comes after Mr Johnson met with his cabinet on Tuesday morning.

Boris Johnson has briefed his cabinet on health and care funding reform plans that are expected to tear apart Tory Manifesto commitments.

The Prime Minister will later set out in the House of Commons how he will tackle the social crisis in England, with the risk of a Tory backlash if he raises Social Security to pay for the reforms.

The tax hike, believed to be around 1.25 percentage points, will bring in around £ 10 billion to be spent on the NHS as it recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and to help people avoid crippling social costs for adults.

Cabinet ministers returned for a face-to-face meeting on Downing Street for the first time in 2021, with many at the table worried about breaking a general election promise not to increase Social Security.

Downing Street hopes to present the package as an attempt to help the NHS clean up residue and resolve long-standing problems related to care costs.

Number 10 said a lack of integration between the two often leaves people “stuck in the wrong care setting and families worrying about paying the cost of care if they leave the NHS provision”.

And Downing Street described the situation as “unfair and often catastrophic” where someone with dementia may have to pay for their care in full while someone cared for by the NHS receives free care.

It is said that one in seven people is now paying more than £ 100,000 to care for them, and the system can lead to “whopping costs and the complete liquidation of a person’s fortune”.

Under the current arrangements, anyone with assets over £ 23,350 will pay in full for their care, but No. 10 said the cost was “catastrophic and often unpredictable”.

Ahead of his Commons statement, Mr Johnson said, “We must act now to ensure that the health and care system has the long-term funding it needs to continue fighting Covid and addressing the arrears and injustice of the catastrophic costs to end social welfare.

“My government will not shy away from the tough decisions that are required to get NHS patients the treatment they need and to fix our broken welfare systems.”

After presenting his plans to Cabinet, Mr Johnson could face a hostile reception in the House of Commons, with Labor and Tory MPs concerned about the impact of an increase in Social Security contributions that hit workers but sometimes leave wealthy retirees untouched.

Finally, Mr Johnson, along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Minister of Health Sajid Javid, will attempt to sell the plan to the public at a press conference on Downing Street.

It is reported that lifelong care contributions will be capped at around £ 80,000 and national insurance will be increased by 1.25% to raise between £ 10 billion and £ 11 billion per year.

Prior to the announcement, No. 10 was kept silent on the details, but the proposals have been reported to be labeled as Health and Social Contributions.

Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News that although the UK economy had gone through an “unprecedented shock” after the coronavirus pandemic, he wanted to meet all of the manifesto commitments.

When asked on Sky News if he was “comfortable” breaking his commitment to the 2019 Manifesto, he said, “I want to keep every single Manifesto promise we make, that’s the right thing to do.

“We have had an unprecedented shock to the economy due to the global pandemic and have had to grapple with it and make some really tough decisions.”

But as yet another sign of Tory discontent, former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith told The Telegraph that the plans were a “sham” the Commons this week on the proposals.

And the Guardian reported that a conservative front benchmark is considering their position on the plans.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: “A long-term welfare plan and a rescue plan to deal with the crisis the NHS has been in for years are both long overdue.

“The Prime Minister needs to outline how he will quickly reduce waiting lists, support the NHS workforce, repair decaying hospitals and provide modern equipment to accelerate the diagnosis of deadly diseases and, most importantly, ensure that more people have access to the social services that are needed you need.”

The changes would only apply in England as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have separate social welfare schemes.

It is not yet clear how to deal with an increase in social security in the decentralized countries.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: “Boris Johnson has given voters a cast-iron guarantee that he will not increase social security – and now he is breaking voter confidence again.

“Worse, the government’s plans will not resolve the social security crisis. Our loved ones are still not getting the high quality care they need. “

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