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BBC Newsnight: Is raising taxes the best solution to fix the UK’s social care crisis?

25/07/2021

July 21,2021

Plans to overhaul social care in the UK have been delayed, as there are rumours the government is considering a 1% increase to national insurance to fund the system. Plans to overhaul the social care system in the UK have been shelved until the autumn. Two years ago Boris Johnson stood on the steps of Downing Street promising his plan to fix the social care crisis was ready to go. The government is also rumoured to be considering a 1% increase to national insurance to fund the system. What are we prepared to pay to fund social care? And would an increase to national insurance be the best solution? Newsnight’s political editor Nick Watt and economics editor Ben Chu report. Emily Maitlis is joined by Sir Andrew Dilnot, who led the 2011 review into social care, pollster for Theresa May James Johnson and CEO of the National Care Forum, Vic Rayner.

Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

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