Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced National Insurance contributions will rise by 1.25% to pay for the social care system in England.
He said the new rates would help end the “unpredictable and catastrophic costs” faced by many.
The PM told the Commons the social care package will be funded through a new, UK-wide 1.25% “health and social care levy” from April 2022.
The plan was signed off earlier by ministers at a Cabinet meeting.
The decision comes after days of fury by Tory backbenchers.
They say the increase breaks a party manifesto.
Mr Johnson said the decision marked “the biggest catch-up programme” in the history of the NHS.