When will we see an announcement on social care reform?

The government was supposed to publish a green paper in summer 2018 but has so far failed to do so. While we can appreciate and understand that Covid has delayed the process, there have been growing calls on Boris Johnson to deliver on his promises and as a result, the prime minister is expected to announce a rise in national insurance payments to fund social care reforms.

Reports in the press suggest the plans could be revealed as soon as this week when Parliament returns from its summer recess.

It seems that an increase in National Insurance Contributions is the favoured approach with a rise of between 1% and 2%.

Speaking to Sky News, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland insisted no decisions had been made and stressed the need for reforms to be "resilient for the long-term".

He added, "This isn't just a change for a Parliament, this has got to be a generational change. We know the challenge; the work is going on and I'm sure that we'll hear the outcomes very soon. We will work as quickly as possible in order to get that certainty that I think so many people have been looking for, but no final decisions have been made.”


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