Covid: Social care plans and schools return amid virus fears

Prime Minster Boris Johnson is due to unveil his long-term plans for social care and the NHS. It’s expected there will be billions of funding, with a government source saying an extra £5.5bn will be allocated to the NHS. This will, among other things, help the NHS tackle the backlog in the wake of the Covid pandemic. But if, as many fear, the funding will raised from increasing National Insurance contributions, the prime minister faces a backlash from his own Conservative MPs.

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