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All 19 Tory rebels who opposed Boris Johnson's £900m raid on social care


Health Minister Edward Argar insited the sneaked out changes are fair and it’s the first major step any Government has made in changing social care, in decades. But the poorest and people in the North will be worse off.

Boris Johnson seems to be fast losing the confidence of his party as he managed to pass through his amendment to England’s social care plans despite a huge rebellion.

Hours after he made a mortifying speech at the CBI conference, forgetting his words and mimicking car sounds, 19 Tories rebelled against the crucial vote.

And many more Tories stayed away, clearly too angry to support the vote but possibly not disappointed enough to rebel.

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was one of them, telling the Commons he felt “conflicted” by Clause 49 of the Health and Care Bill.

“My concern is that when it comes to social care, our entire debate is focusing on what contributions do and don’t contribute to the cap, when the fundamental problem in social care is the core funding to local authorities,” he said.








The Commons was packed as MPs voted on the Health and Care Bill amendment
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Former Tory Cabinet minister Damian Green also abstained because he felt it was unclear whether the new cap for care costs is fair.

Tory MP Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) told the Commons: “Some of the measures he’s brought forward are more generous than previously proposed, but there is no doubt that the way the cap works for those with more modest assets, it is less generous.”

He asked: “How can that be fair?”

Health minister Edward Argar insisted the new amendment is a “significant step forward”. But here are the MPs that completely disagreed….

The social care cap

The cap was announced in September as part of Boris Johnson ’s long-awaited social care plan for England.

People will not have to pay more than £86,000 for care over their lifetime, regardless of wealth.

This cap will apply to care payments made after October 2023, so the first residents will hit the cap in around Autumn 2025.

At the same time, more people will be eligible for state help to fund care.

From October 2023, you’ll get some state funding if you have less than £100,000 in assets, and full state funding if you have less than £20,000.

Currently, you pay for all your care until your assets drop to £23,250, and some of it until they drop to £14,250. There is currently no cap.

The changes are being funded through a £12bn-a-year National Insurance hike. But just £5.4bn across the first three years is going on care with the rest going on the NHS.

What has changed?

Tory ministers have unveiled a change that means people who receive state funding will take longer to reach the cap.

That is because only the amount they actually pay themselves – not the state help they get – will count towards the £86,000 total.

With the average care home stay lasting less than two years, this suggests many more low-income people will die before reaching the cap.

Department of Health and Social Care analysis admits this is “a change” and is less generous, saving the state £900m a year in 2027 compared to what was planned.

The change has been introduced late in the passage of the Health and Care Bill and is due for a Commons vote at 10pm on Monday.

The full list of Tory rebels

  • Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney
  • John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay
  • Philip Davies, MP for Shipley
  • Chris Green, MP for Bolton West
  • Mark Harper, MP for Forest of Dean
  • Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton
  • Philip Hollobone, MP for Kettering
  • Mark Jenkinson, MP for Workington
  • Andrew Lewer, MP for Northampton South
  • Dr Julian Lewis, MP for New Forest East
  • Jason McCartney, MP for Colne Valley
  • Esther McVey, MP for Tatton
  • Damien Moore, MP for Southport
  • Holly Mumby-Croft, MP for Scunthorpe
  • Sir Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead
  • Andrew Percy, MP for Brigg and Goole
  • Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
  • Christian Wakeford, MP for Bury South
  • William Wragg, MP for Hazel Grove

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