A statement from Dr Ben Spencer MP following the vote on the introduction of the Health and Social Care Levy:
For decades we have debated how to support social care, but actions must be taken now. While on principle I believe that tax rises should be very much avoided, these are exceptional circumstances. First and foremost we must ensure we are able to deliver the services people need. Although not ideal by any means, the decision to introduce a health and social care levy will ensure we can take action to reduce NHS waiting lists, increase capacity and invest in social care.
Funding alone will not reform social care, and I also welcome measures to develop more joined up, integrated care between the NHS, Local Government and other partners including the voluntary and community sector. I am also delighted with the announcement of the cap of £86,000 on the amount anyone will have to pay for social care throughout their lifetime. This is a huge change to how we currently pay for care, where too many people are left at risk from losing their home in order to pay for social care, and will mean people will no longer face unpredictable or unlimited care costs.