Last night I voted against the Tories plans to hike National Insurance in flagrant breach of their manifesto commitments. There is no doubt that our social care system is in complete crisis and needs huge reform, but funding for this needs to be raised in the fairest way. This does not mean taxing the young and those struggling to get by.
Labour would back a wealth tax, so those with the broadest shoulders must bear the greatest burden. People who earn money from stocks, shares and dividends must pay their fair share.
This reform must also make sure that care workers are paid properly and provided with the skills and training they need. We must also ensure that the care system is fully integrated with the NHS so that it works better for everyone.
Simply increasing National Insurance to pay for social care is fundamentally regressive and unfair and I will not stand by and just watch while the Tories tax jobs and force people to pay more in this totally inequitable way.