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Tory MPs fear they're alienating the young with a potential tax rise and vaccine passports

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When Boris Johnson stood on the steps of Downing Street after becoming Prime Minister, he made a speech in which he promised to fix the social care crisis “with a clear plan we have prepared”.

The problem? No one in government was quite sure what it was. The news came as such a surprise to figures in the Department for Health & Social Care that one special adviser, who was at that moment in the lobby of the House of Commons, fled Parliament and went into hiding for the day to avoid journalists asking them questions about it.

Now, that’s changing: two years on and a plan is under way to fix the social care funding black hole. The original plan had been to announce it this week as a way of getting Johnson’s domestic agenda back on the front foot, to mark Johnson’s second anniversary as PM and try to shape his legacy as the leader who did what others couldn’t.

Only as has tended to be the case over the past year and a half, Covid got in the way.
After all three key figures in the decision-making process – Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid – found themselves self-isolating, any announcement is likely to be pushed back until the autumn. And that means months of debate in the Tory Party over who should foot the bill.

As the Prime Minister’s preferred plan of action........

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