No 10 weighs up plan to fix UK social care system with tax rise

Prime minister, chancellor and health secretary discussing manifesto-breaking move, say Whitehall sources

Downing Street is considering plans for a manifesto-breaking tax rise that would be earmarked to pay for fixing the social care system, according to Whitehall sources.

One option being weighed up by ministers is an increase in either income tax or employee national insurance, which could be branded as a social care levy or precept.

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