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NHS pay rise ‘likely to come out of social care tax’, reports say

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The 3% pay rise for NHS staff is likely to be paid out of the National Insurance increase that was earmarked for funding social care reform, reports say.

The government announced yesterday that nurses paramedics, consultants and dentists in England will receive the pay rise backdated to April 2021, in line with official recommendations.

For the average nurse, this will mean an additional £1,000 a year, while many porters and cleaners will receive around £540.

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The news came just hours after The Times reported that National Insurance payments for businesses and employees will rise by 1 percentage point to fund social care reform.

But the newspaper was told last night that the pay rise, which will likely cost around £1.5 billion, will probably be funded from what is billed to be a new health and social care tax.

An NHS boss said he is worried that he will be told to cut other care to fund a pay rise out of existing budgets.

Chris Hopson, of the hospitals’ group NHS Providers, told the Times: “We now need clarity that the rise is fully backdated and fully funded by government.”

Proposals for social care reform are not expected until the autumn.

Boris Johnson told a news conference on Monday that the issue of what to do with social care had “bedevilled governments for at least three decades”.

“All I can say is we’ve waited three decades, you’re just going to have to wait a little bit longer,” he said. “I’m sorry about that but it won’t be too long now, I assure you.”

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