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Increase taxes not national insurance to fund social care, says Jeremy Hunt

Former health secretary says tax rise preferable to NI increase that would ‘disproportionately target’ young

Taxpayers should pay more to fund social care, according to the former health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who suggested this should be through a tax rise rather than a national insurance rise that “disproportionately targets” the young.

The government is understood to be looking at increasing national insurance rates by at least 1% to fund its plans to fix the long-term funding of the crumbling social care system, with Downing Street recommending a 1% increase, the Treasury 1.25%, and the Department for Health 2%.

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