Boris faces huge rebellion as MPs threaten to vote down ‘catastrophic’ social care plans

Boris Johnson facing off against own MPs over social care

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Boris Johnson has come under fire once again as senior Tory call out the new proposed changes for social care in the UK. In September the Prime Minister first drafted plans for reforms which included changes to national insurance. The suggested changes which would introduce a cap on personal contributions is set to disadvantage those who own homes worth less.

Channel 4 Economics Correspondent Helia Ebrahim said:  “Sleaze an out of control migration crisis, broken rail promises and now a social care plan that hits at the heart of the new Tory voter. 

“Boris Johnson could face another bruising dust up with his own MP’s again this week as angry red wall voters link with colleagues to try and stop the Government’s plans, with backbenchers telling number 10 to change tack or face rebellion.”

Earlier this autumn, Mr Johnson first outlined the care reforms which came alongside the hike in national insurance.

He insisted the new scheme his Government had devised would be fairer, but MPs have repeatedly questioned the proposal.

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The Prime Minister said in a statement in September after the first announcement to changes to social care that “we’re doing something that frankly should have been done a long time ago, and share the risk of these catastrophic care costs so that everyone is relieved of that fear of financial ruin.”

Analysis shows that the average person living in the North will have to pay more toward their care, compared to other wealthier homeowners.

MPs are set to debate the reforms later on today in Parliament.

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Downing Street has defended the Government’s plans for adult social care in England as “necessary, fair and responsible”.

Mr Johnson’s official spokesman indicated that ministers would not be bringing forward changes to the plan to head off a potential backbench rebellion by Tory MPs.

“We will continue to listen to views put forward by people who are invested in this policy but we continue to believe that this is a system that is necessary, fair and responsible,” the spokesman said.

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“Our approach provides a limit to the cost of care for everyone in the adult social care system for the first time. It is a significant increase in state support.”

Pressed on whether people could still have to sell their homes to pay for care costs, the spokesman said: “I can’t predict individual situations.”

The spokesman said the Government had to strike a balance between the needs of those with care costs and the interests of the taxpayer.

“We need to get that balance right between protecting that minority who do face catastrophic care costs and the cost to the taxpayer overall,” he said.

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