For all of Boris’ blunders, his latest double whammy of reforms which include a newly announced jobs tax and a cut to the £20 Universal Credit lifeline, may just have topped them all.

However, this isn’t just a characteristically silly or embarrassing moment for the PM, these are policy decisions which will have a real impact on the poorest in our communities.

There is no denying that there is a social care crisis in our country, with 120,000 vacancies and growing in the sector. Those in jobs are over stretched and over worked, leading to many skilled workers leaving the sector, which has increased the waiting lists within the sector to 300,000 people – a rise of 26% in three months, according to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

Those with loved ones using self-funded services, know the reality and quality of the service they receive until the money runs out.

But this is a mess successive Conservative Governments have created by weakening our social care system and NHS services, cutting £8b and leaving us with long A&E, cancer & mental health waiting lists well before the pandemic.

After decades of Tory cuts, which have exacerbated inequalities in care, access to services and weakened our national health and social care infrastructure, it is shocking, albeit unsurprising that the only solution this Government can provide is an unfair tax on jobs.

This is a jobs tax which will hit working people in the north the hardest.

Whilst the Prime Minister claimed, "Nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it.", the reality is that people with homes worth £150,000 would still have to pay £86,000 under the Government’s plan, this is before the extra living costs of going into a care home.

For most, the only way of raising that kind of money is through selling their property, and then like anything this Government does, there is a northern factor. While homeowners in, so-called “Red Wall” northern seats like Bradford, could lose over 55% of their assets, those in London would lose only 17%. This would completely strip the value of homes, which working families have worked their whole lives to pay off.

The tragedy of the jobs tax, is that the buck doesn’t just stop at working people, but according to the Federation of Small Businesses, this tax will impact our economy, by leading to 50,000 fewer jobs being created.

Unsurprisingly, we learnt over the weekend that the Government has passed on the burden to Councils, with news that council tax bills may have to rise for millions of households next year to pay for these plans.

As if this wasn’t the worst of it, many experts have said that the social care levy will do little to even reach the social care sector, and the levy will fail to end record waiting times in the NHS and, will only pay towards the black hole left in the NHS, due to a decade of Tory cuts.

On the one hand, the Government is breaking their core manifesto pledge of not raising taxes by pushing through the biggest tax rise on families for over 50 years and on the other, it is clear to me, that the Government is making working families and those poorest in our society pick up the tab for the pandemic, whilst simultaneously cutting the £20 Universal Credit lifeline given to families during the pandemic.

This will be the biggest overnight cut to social security since the Second World War, taking money out of local economies, and affecting people both in and out of work.

The impact of the cut to Universal Credit could lead to 500,000 families being put into poverty. According to the Trussell Trust, 1.2m people say they will ‘very likely’ skip meals, and 1.3m people say they will ‘very likely’ be unable to afford to heat their homes this winter if the lifeline is cut.

The terrible news is that this cut will hit Bradford West the hardest. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, this cut will hit Bradford West the most with 82% of families with children feeling the force of these measures.

The same party that dragged its feet to feed hungry school children, is now taxing working families and taking away the lifeline from the poorest in my constituency, and it is not something I will let this Government get away with.

I won’t let the Government get away with gesture politics of clapping for key workers last year during the height of the pandemic, while they now rush through inhumane reforms to the tune of scraping spoons on empty dining tables across the country.