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Compulsory levy for social care pledged by Labour

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A compulsory levy should be introduced to fund a universal social care system for adults in England, Labour says.

It said the move would represent the biggest shake-up in the welfare state since the creation of the NHS and end the "cruel lottery" currently in place.

But ministers refused to be drawn on how much and when people should pay, saying a commission would be set up to look at this if they won the election.

Alison Holt reports.

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