What the parties say about the plans for care reform

It has long been argued that the solution to our social care crisis needed cross party agreement and co-operation.

The Government’s go it alone approach seems to suggest that the Tories don’t care what the other political parties think, all of whom have been quick to condemn the plans.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described the plan as a "sticking plaster" and claimed the rise would target young people, supermarket workers and nurses, rather than those with the "broadest shoulders" who should pay more. He added that the Tories will never again be able to claim to be the party of low tax.

Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, is a carer himself, said the tax was "unfair", and that the government's plan missed out solutions for staffing shortages, care for working age adults and unpaid family carers.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who have their own health systems, will also receive an additional £2.2bn to spend on their services but in response, the SNP said the tax would "unfairly penalise Scottish families - and leave the poorest in society subsidising the wealthy".


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