Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Tuesday (September 7th), Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said:

“My mum is living with dementia, and after navigating the social care system for many years now, I know the system is in need of desperate reform. This is why I made social care reform a central pledge in my re-election campaign, and so did the Government.

“I said in 2019 I would support proposals which will reform the social care system in this country, and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

“The Health and Social Care Levy will ensure we fund this in the fairest way possible, where every individual will contribute according to their means.

“This UK-wide ringfenced Levy will provide an extra £12 billion a year for the NHS and social care, enabling our health service, the envy of the world, to tackle the COVID backlog and to prevent millions of families facing the catastrophic costs of care.

“And let’s be clear, the 20% highest-income households will contribute more than 40 times that of the 20% lowest-income households.

“I know many have made suggestions about other ways to raise the taxes, but I have scrutinised the analysis carefully and the fact is that no other tax would provide the sums required.

“I sought and received assurances that the majority of small businesses will be protected, with 40% of all businesses paying nothing at all. I have run a small business in the past I believe it is right for the Government to support entrepreneurs and small business owners who are pivotal in growing the economy and creating jobs as we build back better.

“As a Conservative, the last thing I want to do is to raise taxes, but this Government isn’t ducking the incredibly tough decisions it needs to make.”