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πŸ”˜ Follow BBC News live updates here πŸ‘‰ Prime Minister Boris Johnson leads a press conference in Downing Street, joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid. Watch the next briefing live on BBC iPlayer πŸ‘‰ What did we learn from the Downing Street briefing? Boris Johnson said he wants to "level with people" that NHS waiting lists will get worse before they get better A new tax will begin next April, initially as a 1.25% increase in National Insurance From 2023, it will become a separate tax on earned income, with the Chancellor Rishi Sunak saying it will be legally ring-fenced for health and social care The funding will mostly be used to tackle NHS backlogs from the pandemic at first, but from October 2023 it will pay for new caps on individual contributions to social care The PM said around half the money from the new levy will come from the top 14% of earners Sunak said the new tax reflected that support for social care costs was "a permanent new role for government" Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the funding would allow the NHS to tackle a treatment backlog of 5.5 million people, carry out nine million checks, scans and treatments, and invest in a new generation of screening equipment Challenged on his broken election promises not to raise taxes, the PM said the pandemic was an unexpected event and suggested he was delivering on another promise to tackle social care costs Johnson said he did not want to raise taxes again in this Parliament, but said the decision was ultimately for the Chancellor in his Budgets. Follow the story πŸ‘‰ Covid-19 update UK today, Boris Johnson. With BSL signing. Coronavirus: Government Downing Street briefings | BBC News | BBC #BBC #BBCiPlayer #BBCNews #BBCCoronavirus #Coronavirus #Covid-19 #CoronavirusOutbreak #Corona #CoronavirusUK #borisjohnsonspeechonuklockdowntoday All our TV channels and S4C are available to watch live through BBC iPlayer, although some programmes may not be available to stream online due to rights. If you would like to read more on what types of programmes are available to watch live, check the 'Are all programmes that are broadcast available on BBC iPlayer?' FAQ πŸ‘‰

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