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In a scathing tweet, he said that he was “getting a very strong sense that people are seeing right through yesterday’s con,” which he called a “massive tax rise to cover for economic/ Covid/ Brexit mismanagement”. He continued: “Dressed up as a plan for social care. Which is not a plan. Just a huge tax rise.”

His tweet follows Mr Johnson’s announcement of an overhaul of health and social care funding, in a move that will break key Tory manifesto promises.

MPs are expected to vote later today on Mr Johnson’s new plan, which would mean a tax hike of 1.25 percent points in National Insurance across the UK.

This will apply to both working people and to their employers, and includes shareholders soon to be taxed on their profits.

The Government expects the new system to raise £12billion a year. For the first three years, this money will be diverted into funding the NHS and restarting non-emergency treatments.

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Alastair Campbell has called out Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recently-announced tax increase (Image: PA)

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Mr Johnson justified the increase in National Insurance as necessary to tackle NHS waiting lists (Image: Getty)

After this point, more money will be funnelled into social care.

From this date, the ‘health and social care levy,’ as it will be labelled, will show up separately from National Insurance on workers’ payslips.

This new system prompted backlash within the Tory party and from opposition leader, Sir Keir Starmer.

Sir Keir denounced the move as likely to punish the younger members in society, alongside other key workers such as nurses and supermarket staff.

This will also be the first time that pensioners who continue to work will not be exempt from paying National Insurance.

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Prime Minister held a press conference on September 7 (Image: Getty)

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This new system prompted backlash within the Tory party and from opposition leader, Sir Keir Starmer (Image: PA)

However, Mr Johnson justified the increase in National Insurance as necessary to tackle the waiting lists and delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Government, there are currently 5.5 million people waiting for non-emergency or elective treatment, a figure almost one million higher than pre-pandemic statistics.

This tax rise will be part of what the Government has labelled “the biggest catchup programme in the NHS’s history”.

Built into this tax rise is an £86,000 cap from October 2023 on how much anyone in England will pay for their personal care.

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Government gave a press conference at Downing Street on September 7 (Image: Getty)

Once this cap is reached, further care costs will be billed to local authorities.

This has proved controversial, as it has emerged that this applies only to physical care regulated by the Care Quality Commission, not additional costs associated with care such as “hotel costs” for care home residents or food.

Experts in the social care sector have condemned the new system as not going far enough to solve current issues.

Chairman of the Independent Care Group, Mike Padgham, took to Twitter to voice his anger at the new announcement.

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid was berated by LBC host Nick Ferrari (Image: LBC)

He said: “Any extra funding for the sector, when it eventually arrives, will not be enough to tackle the staffing crisis & end the crisis.”

He continued: “Very disappointing that social care once again has to play second fiddle to the NHS.”

The National Insurance increase for health and social care has also been criticised by LBC host Nick Ferrari, who demanded an explanation from the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid.

Mr Ferrari grilled Mr Javid on where the extra funds from Brexit had gone, not least the millions of pounds for the NHS promised on the side of the now-famous Brexit bus.

Mr Javid replied that this money had been invested in the response to the unprecedented demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, including financing PPE and the Track and Trace system.

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