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....”. Education and health and social care were the two sectors seen as least threatened by robots because of the high proportion of tasks seen as hard to automate. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....7 millionEU-born: 217,000Non-EU-born: 430,000. Fears are growing that Brexit will lead to a staffing crisis in health and social care. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Households across the country are facing inflation-busting council tax hikes with nine out of 10 local authorities in England expected to increase rates from April. Residents in some areas will see their bills go up by as much as 5%, with councils taking full advantage of new powers to top up their charges with fees ringfenced for social care. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Council tax bills to rise in nine out of 10 English local authorities image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 11:01:43 PM
....Households across the country are facing inflation-busting council tax hikes with nine out of 10 local authorities in England expected to increase rates from April. Residents in some areas will see their bills go up by as much as 5%, with councils taking full advantage of new powers to top up their charges with fees ringfenced for social care. ...
Millions of UK workers at risk of being replaced by robots, study says image
....”. Education and health and social care were the two sectors seen as least threatened by robots because of the high proportion of tasks seen as hard to automate. ...
Residential care costs 'can soak up over 50% of property values' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 07:01:30 AM
....The cost of an average stay in a residential care home can swallow up more than half the value of an individual’s house in some parts of the country, according to new research. The findings, which show that the typical person entering residential care will face a total bill of £50,000-£93,000 depending on where they live, will fuel the debate about social care funding. ...
A ‘jobs miracle’ that leaves millions worse off | Observer editorial image
.... Yet since fees were introduced in 2013, the cost of doing this is prohibitive for many low-paid workers, denying them access to justice. There has been far too little proactive enforcement of minimum wage legislation in social care, retail, logistics and low-value manufacturing, where there are large numbers employed on rates below the minimum wage. ...
Downplaying Brexit to overseas investors won't help UK housing crisis | Dawn Foster image
.... It’s difficult to blame EU nationals inclined to leave: the atmosphere post-referendum has been virulently xenophobic, with those people demanding the deportation of millions of migrants never considering the effect such an exodus will have. It is broadly accepted that without migrant workers, the NHS will collapse; the social care system too; but without the expertise many Europeans bring, we simply can’t build enough homes to live in either. ...
Good riddance to the unfair NIC tax rise. Now what about that £2bn black hole? | John McDonnell image
.... But clarity is needed before then. The additional money was intended to pay for additional social care funding. ...
U-turn over Budget plan to increase National Insurance image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 12:30:48 PM
....Its reversal, with no prospect of any replacement direct tax increases this Parliament, makes the government pledge to "balance the books" even more difficult to honour. And that makes the Autumn Budget a trickier prospect - it was heavily briefed last week that the National Insurance rise was to pay for spending commitments on social care and business rate support. ...
Bogus self-employment exploits workers and scams the taxman | Paul Mason image
....So to avoid rising inequity, where fewer and fewer PAYE workers and legitimate companies are paying more and more of the tax, we need a rethink. That must start with a serious crackdown in the exploiting sectors: construction, transport, private social care – on the understanding that it will hike labour costs and make some current business models impossible. ...
Labour must learn to win if it wants to shape the UK's economic future image
....Fifth, years of austerity and economic under-performance are now taking a toll on public services. Prisons are a volcano waiting to erupt, funding per pupil in schools is being cut, the NHS and social care are facing funding crises, and the police say repeated budget cuts mean crime will start rising. ...
Care homes say extra £2bn from budget must go to frontline services image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:38:27 AM
. The care home industry has called on the government to ensure that £2bn of funding earmarked for social care makes its way to frontline services rather than getting stuck within local authorities. ...
May defends 'fair' National Insurance rise amid criticism image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:28:31 PM
....At a press conference following the EU summit the prime minister rejected suggestions the policy had broken a manifesto commitment, arguing the legislation brought in to "honour" that pledge related only to "class one" NI contributions, covering 85% of workers. "We did make some difficult decisions in the Budget yesterday," she said, adding that those decisions had allowed them to fund technical education, to open more than 100 new free schools, as well as meeting social care demands and investing in the long-term productivity of the economy. ...
Hammond went where Osborne feared to tread with tax on self-employed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 04:41:03 PM
....He didn’t try to hide the tax rise, making a straightforward argument about fairness. And some of the MPs who have complained about it are the same ones who were crying out for extra funding for the creaking social care system, which had to come from somewhere. ...
'This is grossly unfair': self-employed readers react to NICs increase image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:21:03 PM
.... It is difficult to plan ahead or save money and we take risks. I don’t think that self-employment is good for society, it just temporarily postpones the problem with pensions and social care by almost getting people out of the system. ...
Budget tax rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 01:40:23 PM
No pay rise for 15 years, IFS warns UK workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 08:57:23 AM
....5%. Tony Travers, a local government expert at the London School of Economics, said councils were shouldering the burden of austerity and would soon be confined to providing only statutory services such as adult and children’s social care. ...
Hammond was a picture of relaxed swagger – because he was in the ring alone image
.... And if the government has repeatedly delayed the day when the country will go into surplus – despite those 2010 promises to reach that Eden by the end of the last parliament – who exactly is going to punish them for it? Hammond looked at the benches opposite and saw no pressure to defend himself for extending austerity for an eighth or ninth or 10th year. The same went for social care, as the chancellor announced a mere sticking plaster of £2bn for three years and had similarly little to say about the National Health Service. ...
Philip Hammond's budget is a long way from tackling future challenges | Larry Elliot image
....Instead, Hammond cantered through measures that had been well aired in recent days. There was extra money for schools and vocational education; some help for companies adversely affected by the new business rates regime; £2bn over the next three years for social care; and a shake-up of national insurance contributions that will result in higher tax for the self-employed. ...
Budget 2017: NHS, families, cars - your questions answered image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 05:14:18 PM
....Katharine Rosentiel asks: "Will there be more money for the NHS?". The chancellor tried to address the widespread concerns about the squeeze on social care for the elderly, which is provided by local authorities, and the current pressure on the NHS. ...
Philip Hammond breaks manifesto pledge with budget tax grab image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:05:32 PM
....An increase in class four national insurance rates for the self-employed, to narrow the gap with salaried employees, who tend to be taxed more heavily, was one of the most conspicuous measures in a cautious budget that also saw the chancellor upgrade his economic forecasts. In what will be the final spring budget – there is another due in the autumn – Hammond caved in to pressure from his own backbenches over the strains on social care, and pledged to set aside £2bn over the next three years to help councils cope. ...
Philip Hammond keeps his powder dry with a 'boring' budget | Larry Elliott image
.... It was quite an achievement to string his speech out for almost an hour because there was precious little in it that hadn’t been pre-announced. Most of the time, Hammond rehashed spending commitments and tax changes from previous budgets and autumn statements or said the government would be taking a close look at pressing issues such as the future of social care. ...
Philip Hammond’s budget – our writers give their views | Polly Toynbee, Zoe Williams, Frances Ryan, Faiza Shaheen and Kate Maltby image
....The chancellor doesn’t look like a gambler – but giving nothing at all to the NHS is a high-stakes risk. His £2bn over three years for social care is too little to feed through to any easing of the A&E and hospital bed crisis: the parched community service for adults and children will drain it dry, with no new care home beds created. ...
Key points of the budget 2017 – at a glance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:41:30 PM
.... The sums involved are sizeable, but hardly a gamechanger to quell the clamour for a second independence referendum among SNP supporters. RM: This is a fairly dramatic climbdown for Hammond, who was severely criticised after the autumn statement for barely mentioning the NHS or social care crisis. ...
Government abdicating responsibility for social care, say providers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 07:00:36 AM
. The head of the organisation that represents adult care providers in England has accused the government of abdicating responsibility for social care and claimed that ageism is affecting treatment of the elderly. ...
Hammond urged to tackle 'catastrophic' effect of rising inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 01:13:37 PM
....Bell said Hammond could consider Wednesday’s budget “a walk in the park” because forecasts on borrowing would be “less grim than the truly awful ones set out a little over three months ago”. He pointed out that the chancellor would be able to find money to ease social care pressures and soften the blow on business rates for some firms. ...
NHS trust may use Uber taxis to transfer non-emergency patients image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 09:10:37 AM
. Uber taxis could soon be used to transfer non-emergency patients with illnesses ranging from cancer to dementia back and forth from NHS hospitals in a deal that could play a part in “cracking down” on bedblocking, according to the social care company behind it. ...
Ending free movement from EU is no 'quick fix' for low wages, Lords say image
....”. The Lords warn that simply extending the current “points-based” work permit system for non-EU skilled migrants to cover EU workers could result in labour shortages as it will disproportionately hit some employers’ ability to sponsor EU workers, including the NHS and social care. ...
Chancellor's budget to build up Brexit reserves, not tackle NHS crisis image
....Philip Hammond is expected to use Wednesday’s budget to announce that tax revenues will be used to build up a reserve to deal with uncertainties arising from Brexit, rather than increase spending on the health service. The chancellor has indicated that some extra money will be allocated for social care. ...
Philip Hammond vows UK will fight back if it gets bad Brexit deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 11:06:21 AM
....Hammond said he saw his role as ensuring “that we have got reserves in the tank, so as we embark on the journey that we will be taking over the next couple of years, we are confident that we have got enough gas in the tank to see us through that journey”. Asked about a report in the Sun on Sunday that the chancellor was set to provide more than £1bn for social care in the budget, Hammond said: “I recognise in particular that social care, and local authorities delivering social care are under some pressure. ...
Budget 2017: No 'spending sprees', Hammond warns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 5th of March 2017 02:20:28 AM
....Mr Hammond said any surplus cash would be used to ensure the UK had enough "gas in the tank" for the coming years. He also acknowledged social care budgets were under particular pressure but said this was "not just about money". ...
A budget in the shadow of Brexit leaves Hammond short of choices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 07:11:34 PM
.... Hammond is also constrained by the policies of his predecessor, George Osborne, who plugged holes in the public finances with a range of stealth taxes that are on course to push the tax burden in 2018 to 37% of GDP – the highest level in 30 years. And yet the chancellor needs more cash to cope with a deteriorating position across a range of departments, from health and social care to schools, prisons, the police and local government. ...
A budget in the shadow of Brexit leaves Hammond short of choices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 04:04:00 PM
.... Hammond is also constrained by the policies of his predecessor, George Osborne, who plugged holes in the public finances with a range of stealth taxes that are on course to push the tax burden in 2018 to 37% of GDP – the highest level in 30 years. And yet the chancellor needs more cash to cope with a deteriorating position across a range of departments, from health and social care to schools, prisons, the police and local government. ...
UK economy cooling after post-Brexit vote growth, surveys show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 11:12:26 AM
....Last autumn Hammond was expecting to borrow £68bn in 2016-17, but the OBR is now expected to reduce this by at least £10bn, close to the level predicted before the Brexit vote. The chancellor could add this saving to a £27bn war chest he expects to achieve by 2020, or spend some of it to ease concerns that the social care system, health service and prisons are at breaking point. ...
Labour says £1m earners should publish tax returns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 03:05:40 PM
....". Mr McDonnell said Mr Hammond must give the NHS and social care "an urgent injection of cash" when he delivers his first Budget next week. ...
FTSE 100 closes at new record high image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 09:19:22 AM
....On the FTSE 250, outsourcing firm Mitie Group added 3. 6% after selling its troubled social care businesses for a nominal £2 to private equity firm Apposite Capital. ...
Tory £1bn inheritance tax cut 'will worsen north-south divide' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:20:48 PM
....”. Hammond’s budget will aim to tackle long-term problems in society, including low productivity and the funding of social care. ...
Ex-John Lewis boss: 'The Tories are the insurgents in the West Midlands' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 07:00:00 AM
.... If elected in May, he plans to turn back to his former employer in an attempt to revolutionise public services. Street is looking to bring the company’s employee-owned partnership model into vital local services such as transport, social care and skills training, handing workers a stake in their performance. ...
UK government surplus gives Philip Hammond pre-budget boost image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of February 2017 01:33:43 PM
.... If the UK economy remains stable over the transition period once article 50 is triggered, Hammond could meet his objective to reduce the budget deficit below 2% GDP by 2020-21, while offering a few small giveaways. “These could include alleviating the burden on some small businesses impacted by rising business rates, and providing additional support to public services that are under increasing strain, such as the NHS, social care and education. ...
UK borrowing and growth better than expected for budget, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:00:31 AM
....”. EY said it expected a low-key budget next month, although there could be announcements on further steps to raise the tax-free personal allowance to £12,500, a temporary cut in fuel duty, and action on social care and the NHS. ...
Small shops recoil in the face of business rates that will more than double image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of February 2017 04:00:05 PM
....“It does raise a question about the long-term finances for local authorities,” he says. “I think there is a growing recognition that local authorities are under heavy pressure – the social care system is clearly in crisis. ...
Debenhams tops government's shame list for underpaying staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of February 2017 07:14:42 PM
....”. Those working in retail and the social care sector were next most likely to be underpaid. ...
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:01:36 AM
.... Their relatively low earnings also make them more likely to need to rely on in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit, the TUC said. Taking those factors together translated to a loss to the exchequer of more than £75m a week – equivalent to more than a quarter of England’s social care budget. ...
‘A change of jobs is not only desirable but possible’ – our work expert responds image
....I’m seeking advice for my husband. He is 48 and a manager of a multidisciplinary community health and social care team. ...
System is ‘close to failure’ as PM’s council raises tax for social care image
....In her first speech as prime minister last year, Theresa May pledged to govern for those who found themselves “just about managing” to survive financially. With Britain’s overstretched and underfunded social care system at breaking point, she can add the council in Maidenhead, her Berkshire constituency, to that growing list. ...
My husband's social work job is under-resourced and burning him out image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of February 2017 07:00:08 AM
....I’m seeking advice for my husband. He is 48, and a manager of a multi-disciplinary community health and social care team. ...
Paying for care at home: how to negotiate the minefield image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 07:00:28 AM
. How much should you pay for care in your own home as you get older – from getting in and out of bed to taking medication or help with shopping? And how do you find a carer? With adult social care in crisis as local authorities struggle to meet soaring demand at a time of cutbacks, Guardian Money tested prices and services in a town with a high density of older people: Eastbourne in East Sussex. ...
The war on austerity has begun … in Surrey | Deborah Orr image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of January 2017 05:23:34 PM
.... Sugar? Spice? All things nice? Either way, the leader of the county’s Conservative council, David Hodge, has done something politically bold and worthy of national attention. Hodge has announced that, owing to cuts in central government funding, he wishes to raise council tax by 15%, to pay for social care. ...
Norway’s $885bn-nil advantage in Britain’s sea of social troubles image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 12:51:15 PM
....The result is that Norway has amassed $885bn (£727bn) – easily enough to cope with the cost of looking after a population of 5 million as it ages. In Britain, by contrast, the NHS is at breaking point, the social care system is struggling to cope and there is no pot of gold to pay for the healthcare and nursing fees of the baby boomer generation as it advances into old age. ...
Councils told to keep tax hikes low despite social care budget holes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 02:54:59 PM
. Ministers have told local authorities to keep council tax rises low amid reports that some are considering referendums on increasing charges by as much as 16% to cope with holes in their social care budgets. ...
UK in 2030: older, more unequal and blighted by Brexit, report predicts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of December 2016 12:01:49 AM
....6 million today, while the working-age population will rise by just 3%. The IPPR predicts a £13bn shortfall in the funding of adult social care alone by 2030 as the government struggles to finance care for elderly people in their homes. ...
The Guardian view on trade unions: needed as much as ever | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 06:42:05 PM
.... Community wants to offer the self-employed not traditional union services but advice on contracts or slow payers. Others look across the Atlantic to movements like the minimum wage campaign Fight for $15, which began with a trade unionist, David Rolf, and has become a nationwide social movement organising for decent pay in sectors like fast food and social care. ...
Five-minute guide to the rising cost of care homes image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 12:01:00 AM
....The cost of long-term care has hit the headlines lately, with council tax bills set to rise 6 per cent to plug the massive £2. 6 billion hole in social care funding. ...
Council tax can rise by 3% a year to help fund social care – Javid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 01:28:55 PM
. Council tax will be allowed to rise faster than expected by about £46 a year for an average home to bail out struggling social care services for the elderly and vulnerable in England, Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, has said. ...
COUNCIL TAX WARNING: Bills could jump by SIX PER CENT in next two years  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 11:33:00 AM
. Households will be made to pay higher bills in an effort to provide communities with more cash to fund social care, according to Sky News. ...
Competition watchdog to investigate UK care homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 01:19:25 PM
....The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) inquiry will cover the 430,000 older people in care and nursing homes across the UK. It comes weeks after a bleak Care Quality Commission assessment warned that the quality and safety of social care received by elderly and disabled people in England are at risk, with care homes closing and providers pulling out because they can no longer make enough money. ...
Run the NHS and social care like John Lewis, says Frank Field image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 06:00:08 AM
. The NHS and social care would be run by a John Lewis-style mutual organisation and funded by higher national insurance contributions, under a radical shakeup proposed by Labour MP Frank Field. ...
National Living Wage 'has not hit employment' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 12:48:49 AM
....The Low Pay Commission warned that "in some cases" employers may have reduced other staff payments or perks to fund the higher basic wage, but said it had found "no significant change" in levels of overtime and the higher hourly rates paid for working on Sundays or bank holidays. The commission also said that the higher National Living Wage could "present challenges" for the social care sector, with many providers facing losses. ...
Brexit will blow £59bn hole in public finances, admits Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 08:39:09 PM
....The chancellor announced a renewed freeze in fuel duty, to help motorists – largely paid for with an increase in insurance premium tax from 10% to 12% – and a partial reversal of planned cuts to universal credit. But Labour said there was no cash for either the NHS or social care, which are under increasing strain with winter approaching. ...
A hard times chancellor with little to give away | Anne Perkins image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 07:05:14 PM
....But this is slow-burn stuff. Meanwhile there was nothing to divert the looming catastrophe in social care that has left a million elderly people without adequate support in their homes, and hospitals struggling with patients stuck in hospital because there is no safe place for them to go. ...
The chancellor has failed to provide a clear direction on Brexit | Alistair Darling image
.... But can Philip Hammond really claim credit for not increasing petrol duty when it hasn’t been raised for years? Politically it is virtually impossible to put up petrol duty, further eroding the tax base. Many people who are “just about managing” depend on public services, like the NHS and social care, which are struggling. ...
McDonnell: Chancellor's spending plans 'offer no hope' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 02:43:04 PM
....He said it was regrettable that the chancellor was still going ahead with some of the cuts to Universal Credits, accusing him of "betraying" working single parents who he claims are at least £2,300 worse off. He called for additional support for the social care budget, stressing: "We now have 3. ...
How will the autumn statement change Britain? Our panel’s views | Matthew d’Ancona, Martin Kettle, Gaby Hinsliff, Aditya Chakrabortty and Polly Toynbee image
.... That’s a lot of things, but boring ain’t one of them. Hammond dutifully did his bit for the “just about managing” average earners Theresa May promised to help – softening Osborne’s cuts to universal credit, freezing fuel duty, raising the minimum wage and hammering middle-class workplace perks to help fund it – but there was nothing for those barely managing at all thanks to a threadbare social care system and creaking NHS. ...
Chancellor picks goodies selectively from his autumn statement bag image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 12:01:49 AM
.... That suggests the market is adapting quickly to the impact of higher wage bills. The picture is less clear among care homes and in the social care sector, where Hammond’s concerns ought to be concentrated. ...
Care homes in crisis as revised figures reveal surge in insolvencies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 05:51:54 PM
.... Four Seasons, the biggest care home operator in the country with more than 400 properties, recorded a pre-tax loss of £264m last year, which includes a write down of the value of their care homes. Martin Green, chief executive of trade body Care England, said the government has already received warnings about the state of the industry from the health and social care services regulator. ...
Just about managing? In towns like Pontypool that’s a dream | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... It starts from a recognition that chasing multinationals and chain retailers pays only limited dividends in a place that’s had its purpose stripped out. It argues for focusing on what locals need: social care, good schools, broadband. ...
Mitie withdraws from healthcare as it issues second profit warning image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 09:37:09 AM
....“Care workers should be paid significantly more but someone has got to pay for it. If we are serious about social care in the UK it needs significantly more than the funding that has been suggested. ...
Daily commute of two hours – reality for 3.7m UK workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 12:01:02 AM
.... The TUC’s analysis shows 35% more women spending two hours-plus on a commute than five years ago, compared to 29% of men. The growth in long commutes to jobs in traditionally female-dominated sectors, such as education and health, and social care – up 46% and 26% respectively – could explain the narrowing gender gap, the TUC says. ...
Number of care workers on zero-hours contracts jumps to one in seven image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 01:59:53 PM
.... They receive no pay for time spent travelling between appointments. “Without this exploitation and the sheer dedication of the workforce, the social care system would collapse,” Prentis said. ...
Labour and unions demand action on temp agencies’ tax avoidance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 07:00:12 AM
....“So what it does, it piles up tax liabilities in a [tiny] shell company and it does so in a way that the organisers of the scheme know that those tax liabilities will never be met. So that shell company will fold if HMRC ever catches up with it and HMRC – and indeed by extension the rest of us – will be kept out of the tax that we need to fund schools and hospitals, and pensions and social care. ...

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