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UK politics: NHS could ‘permanently swallow’ all £12bn raised for social care – live

Analysis by Institute for Fiscal Studies says NHS overspending will leave ‘no or very little’ money from tax hike for social care

Boris Johnson stakes reputation on £12bn fix for health and social care‘Boris plays catch-up’: what the papers say about Johnson’s tax planCoronavirus updates – live

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This morning the Labour MP Chris Bryant posted this on Twitter.

I bet not a single penny of this 10% manifesto-defying tax hike will end up with the care system.

The extra funding provided for the NHS in yesterday’s announcement will result in spending growing at 3.9% a year between 2018−19 and 2024−25, exactly the same rate of growth as was planned between 2018−19 and 2023−24. That suggests little or no long-term additional costs as a result of the pandemic. History suggests these plans will be topped up further – they have been in almost every year for the last 40 years. That could leave little if any of the tax rises announced yesterday available for social care.

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And here are some lines from Sajid Javid’s interviews on Covid.

In terms of who actually gets it and when, we’re waiting for final advice which could come across, certainly, in the next few days from the [Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] … I’m confident that we can start the booster programme this month.

I want to give them the breathing space, it’s their independent view and that’s exactly what it should be. But I would expect to hear from them in the next few days.

If there is a difference of opinion between the child and the parent then we have specialists that work in this area, the schools vaccination service. They would usually literally sit down with the parent and the child, and try to reach some kind of consensus.

If ultimately that doesn’t work, as along as we believe that the child is competent enough to make this decision then the child will prevail.

I don’t think that’s something we need to consider. I haven’t even thought about that as an option at this point.

I think the decisions that we’ve made in the last few weeks and certainly in the time I’ve been heath secretary, I think they’ve turned out to be the right decisions.

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