By Ron Howells • 07 September 2021 • 10:14
Boris Johnson to hold major press conference on social care TODAY from Downing Street. image: Twitter
Boris Johnson to hold a major press conference at 6:00 pm Spanish time on social care TODAY from Downing Street.
BORIS Johnson is to hold a major press conference later today, the PM will appear from Downing Street to discuss the “catastrophic” black hole that exists in social care at 6:00 pm Spanish time.
Boris Johnson will face a furious Tory backlash today as he unveils a manifesto-busting £10billion tax raid to bail out the NHS and ‘fix’ social care – this is despite warnings that he will alienate millions of Tory voters.
As he prepares to push the plans through a restive Cabinet this morning, before giving the details to the Commons and holding a press conference, the PM insisted he ‘will not duck the tough decisions’.
Although 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, some Tory MPs and Labour have said this is the wrong way to cover the costs.
A “very significant backlash” is expected in response to Boris Johnson’s plans, former chancellor Lord Hammond has warned.
Defending the proposals, Tory MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith said that the social care system was in need of a complete overhaul. “Even if you throw more money at it this system isn’t working, and it won’t work,” he said.
A 1.25 percentage point increase to NI would mean someone on a £30,000 salary would pay an additional £255 per year.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Breakfast this morning that the plans to “deal with a broken social care system” represented “truly historic and ambitious reform”.
“One-in-seven people pay £100,000 or more for their social care, so in my view that nettle has to be grasped,” he said.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
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