It is time to confront the hard choices and be honest about the options. This is a chance to put adult social care right at the very heart of the Government’s thinking.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a consultation seeking the views of people and organisations from across society on how best to pay for care and support for adults of all ages and their unpaid carers and aims to make the public a central part of the debate. The LGA will respond to the findings in the autumn to inform and influence the Government’s green paper and spending plans.
Possible solutions to paying for adult social care in the long-term outlined in the consultation include:
- Increasing income tax for taxpayers of all ages – a 1p rise on the basic rate could raise £4.4 billion in 2024/25
- Increasing national insurance – a 1p rise could raise £10.4 billion in 2024/25
- A Social Care Premium – charging the over-40s and working pensioners an earmarked contribution (such as an addition to National Insurance or another mechanism). If it was assumed everyone over 40 was able to pay the same amount (not the case under National Insurance), raising £1 billion would mean a cost of £33.40 for each person aged 40+ in 2024/25.
- Means testing universal benefits, such as winter fuel allowance and free TV licences, could raise £1.9 billion in 2024/25
- Allowing councils to increase council tax – a 1 per cent rise would generate £285 million in 2024/25
Consultation – Give your views
Your views will help build a vision for adult social care that supports people, communities, hospitals and our economy for decades to come.
Questions about the future of adult social care and support and the changes needed to make to our care and health system effect everyone so you are encouraged to respond to this consultation. The consultation runs until 26 September.
Give your views and download the Green Paper ‘The Lives we want to Lead’ from https://futureofadultsocialcare.co.uk/