Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, spoke to Simon Jack on the BBC’s Today Programme and discussed how he feels the issues surrounding social care should be resolved. This comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a backlash over a potential call to increase Britons’ National Insurance. In addition to frustration from the public, Mr Johnson has faced resistance from Tory backbenchers as it would break a manifesto promise.
Mr Burnham claimed his plan to tax estates was a much fairer resolution.
The plan would involve asking all pensioners to contribute 10 percent of their estate, a strategy he said was more in line with how the country funds the NHS, everyone contributes, and everyone benefits.
Mr Jack said: “Andy Burnham is the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester and former Health Secretary between 2009 and 2010.
“You had a plan, Andy Burnham, to tax peoples’ estates, it was dubbed death taxes, is that still your plan?”
Mr Burnham replied: “I stand by it, I think it is a much fairer way to do this.
“I would ask all pensioners to make a contribution, so 10 percent of their estate.
“That would be to introduce the NHS principle to social care because everybody would be required to contribute and everyone would benefit.
“No one would have the threat of catastrophic costs hanging over them.”
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