Boris Johnson stakes reputation on £12bn fix for health and social care

MPs likely to pass PM’s healthcare levy on Wednesday, pushing tax burden to record peacetime level

MPs are set to usher in a historic £12bn healthcare levy on Wednesday, pushing the tax burden to a record peacetime level as Boris Johnson stakes his political reputation on attempting to fix the creaking health and care systems.

Setting out the radical plan for a carved-out healthcare tax, Johnson willingly conceded that the 1.25 percentage point increase in national insurance contributions (NICs) – to be rebadged a health and social care levy – would break an explicit manifesto promise.

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