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Last week Boris Johnson described what Downing Street is touting as a unique overhaul of adult social services and how they are funded. It is an attempt to tackle one of the thorniest problems in modern politics – how to deal with the growing costs of an aging population living longer with complex conditions and to do so in a way that people think is fair.

Rachel Humphreys met a woman, Lesley, who knows all too well the complexity and cost of England’s welfare system. She helped her 90-year-old mother sell her house to pay for her continuing residential care. It’s a story that will be familiar to families across the country who have had to contend with a labyrinthine system that can quickly burn off a life’s savings.

Torsten Bell, the director of the independent think tank of the Resolution Foundation, told Rachel that the government’s plan is based on a historic tax hike that will hit workers of all income. But in doing so, he has upset senior Tories who fear breaking a key manifesto pledge not to raise taxes, and furious Labor MPs who argue that it protects the assets of the rich while hitting workers low. salary.



Boris Johnson plays a board game with residents of East London nursing homes.  Photograph: Paul Edwards / WPA / Getty

Photograph: WPA / Getty Images

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