EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell has been explaining why she backed Boris to hike NI to pay for social care.

She said: “I voted for the Government’s 1.25% rise in National Insurance on Wednesday to help pay for social care and to support the NHS in cutting big waiting lists brought on by the pandemic. 

There has been quite a bit of comment on the move, which I think shows the Prime Minister has the courage to step forward when the circumstances dictate. 

And these are some circumstances. We have had to deal with a global pandemic and the biggest challenge this country has faced in peacetime. NHS waiting lists are long and people are not getting the treatment they usually would due to cancelled operations and appointments 

Similarly, social care in this country is in crisis and reform of how it is paid for has been kicked down the road for decades. It was Tony Blair who vowed to deal with this problem back in the last century. Boris Johnson should get credit for now doing so. 

I accept there are a broad range of views and the usual politics around it. Residents I have spoken to and polls show general support for this move and there will be further work on the proposal as it progresses through Parliament.  

It has long been an injustice that people needing care could face the loss of their home, their possessions and their ability to pass on anything to their children.”