What time is Boris Johnson’s press conference and what is he expected to say?

By Talya Honebeek

The UK Prime Minister will hold a press conference at Downing Street later today, in which he is expected to outline plans for how he will tackle the looming social care crisis, including a rise in National Insurance contributions .

Ahead of his Commons statement, Boris Johnson said: “We must act now to ensure the health and care system has the long-term funding it needs to continue fighting Covid and start tackling the backlogs, and end the injustice of catastrophic costs for social care.

“My Government will not duck the tough decisions needed to get NHS patients the treatment they need and to fix our broken social care system.”

But what is Boris Johnson expected to announce and will National Insurance go up? Here’s what you need to know.

What time is Boris Johnson’s announcement today?

Boris Johnson will first make a statement to MPs in the Commons this afternoon at about 12.30pm.

The Prime Minister will then give a press conference alongside Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Rishi Sunak today, Tuesday, September 7, at his usual time of 5pm at Downing Street.

Some of his previous announcements and press conferences have been delayed, so this time may be subject to change.

How to watch Boris Johnson’s press conference?

You can watch Boris Johnson’s announcement on BBC News or Sky News.

Alternatively, you can stream the press conference live on BBC iPlayer or on Sky News via its YouTube channel .

What is Boris Johnson’s social care speech expected to reveal?

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a rise of about 1.25% in National Insurance contributions to raise between £10 billion and £11 billion per year to end the “catastrophic costs” of social care.

Around 25 million people would be affected by the National Insurance tax hike, with the average worker paying an extra £255 every year.

The changes would only apply to those in England, as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate social care arrangements.

His plans are designed to give the health service all the long-term resources it needs, as well as to increase the current NHS capacity by 10% over the next two to three years.

Mr Johnson is also likely to announce a significant raise in the point at which the elderly must begin to pay for their own care.

Downing Street said last night: “Under the current care system, anyone with assets over £23,350 pays for their care in full.

“This can lead to spiralling costs and the complete liquidation of someone’s assets.

“Around one in seven people now pay over £100,000, and there is an unfair and often catastrophic discrepancy between someone who has dementia paying for their care in full, while someone cared for by the NHS receives care for free.”

Following the PM’s statement, the Health Secretary will outline further measures supporting the NHS in its coronavirus recovery.

The press conference comes amid growing backlash from Conservative MPs that the proposed tax hike is in breach of their 2019 General Election manifesto.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said yesterday: “We are committed to setting out long-term sustainable reform of the sector and that is what we will do, but beyond that, I am not going to be getting into any more speculation.”

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