Public Willing to Pay More Tax to Fund Social Care
With an ageing population and the social care sector at breaking point is it imperative that a realistic, just and effective solution is found to the social care funding deficit.
In recent years genuine fears of a catastrophic social care collapse has lead the current conservative government, lead by Theresa May to issue emergency funding in the form of a £2bn cash injection, with £1bn given to councils throughout 2017-18 and the remaining funds being released in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
In addition to this, the government announced in their spring budget 17 that they would allow councils to increase taxes in order to help fund their local social care budget. Known as the adult social care precept, the ruling allows councils to increase council tax by up to an extra 2%, and from 2017-19 councils are able to increase this by up to 3% in any given year, but no more than 6% in total over those years.
This initiative and cash injection, however, were seen as a quick fix, a minor repair and a short-term, kick the can down the road type of strategy.
Interestingly, in a recent study carried out by charity future care capital and Ipsos MORI, it was revealed that the public is willing to pay more in taxes in order to increase the funding required by the social care sector.
Here are some key findings from the report:
- The majority of people say that people should be required to plan ahead – 67% agree that people should be required to plan and prepare financially for later life, whilst 49% agree that they should be required to plan and prepare financially for adult social care services they might require later in life.
- Half or more of people surveyed support the following income tax rises in order to increase the amount of funding available for adult social care:
The additional rate (from 45p to 50p) – 58% support; 18% oppose
The higher rate (from 40p to 43p) – 57% support; 18% oppose
The basic rate (from 20p to 21p) – 50% support; 25% oppose
- The UK public regard a focus on the ‘careforce’ as one of the most effective ways to reduce future pressure on the social care system – 76% say that Government increasing the number of health and social care workers would be effective and 71% think that providing greater support for unpaid carers would be effective.
Here at workinsocialcare.com our primary focus is to encourage people to work in social care. Our site was established to help potential social care workers find a suitable career in care. We created and have championed the hashtag #workinsocialcare and hope that those currently in a health and social care job will join us in our quest to attract more people to the sector.
Finally, are you willing to help fund social care through a further increase in taxes? Share your thoughts on this topic by leaving a comment below.