Social care

Portrait of the week: Tax rises, Tube gets busier and Taliban names its government

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced a new tax in the Commons branded a ‘health and social care levy’.…

Levelling up: the inversion of the welfare state

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Why politicians are competing to bribe the affluent

Boris’s premiership is entering a dangerous new phase

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The announcement of a tax increase for both workers and employers to fund more spending on health and social care…

Why Johnson's tax gamble will pay off

7 September 2021 8:35 pm

Boris Johnson’s announcement today, promising he will fix the £15 billion hole in health and social care, may well be…

Can Johnson win round his social care critics?

7 September 2021 7:40 pm

Is Boris Johnson’s social care plan about to sail through the House of Commons? Today the Prime Minister will unveil the…

The government’s social care reform plans don’t add up

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The government’s social care reform plans are all wrong

Boris could pay a big price for his flawed social care shake-up

3 September 2021 10:42 pm

Boris Johnson pledged to ‘fix the crisis in social care’ over two years ago. Next week, the Prime Minister is…

The tax-and-spend Tories

24 July 2021 9:00 am

When you ask a government minister why something hasn’t happened, you get a one-word answer: ‘Covid’. It has become the…

How do the Tories stop the rise of an ever-bigger state?

23 July 2021 3:10 am

When Gordon Brown raised National Insurance in 2002 to put more money into the health service, it was seen as…

What the NHS pay rise says about Boris Johnson's priorities

23 July 2021 3:03 am

Well, that didn’t take long. Two days ago, a leaked report revealed that the government was considering using a national insurance…

Is Boris brave enough to confront the truth about the NHS?

20 July 2021 10:30 pm

If a government does not wish to break a manifesto promise it should punt fewer such ‘promises’ into its manifesto.…

Can Boris crack the unwhippables?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won,’ wrote the Duke of Wellington after…

Selling the family home to pay for care is not an injustice

15 May 2021 9:00 am

There’s nothing unjust about selling the family house to pay for care

Boris faces a painful choice over social care

13 May 2021 10:54 pm

If social care reform were any deeper in the long grass of political priorities, it’d probably get mistaken for a…

The truth behind 'do not resuscitate' orders

4 April 2020 5:34 am

Coronavirus is revealing many good things about our society: the number of people willing to volunteer to help tackle the outbreak…

The in-tray of horrors that Theresa May has left for her successor

8 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. Kind regards — and good luck!’ Liam Byrne will forever be…

Does fracking really cause earthquakes?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Great shakes Shale gas commissioner Natascha Engel resigned in protest at what she called ‘absurd’ restrictions on fracking — in…