William Eichler 08 May 2018

Social care could be ‘rescued’ with £2.3bn boost, report says

Social care could be ‘rescued’ with £2.3bn boost, report says image

The struggling social care system can be ‘rescued’ with a funding boost of over £2bn raised from taxing property, an intergenerational commission argues.

The commission, which includes Lord Willetts, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady and CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn, has published its final report on fixing the social contract between Britain’s generations.

It emphasises the importance of ‘giving older generations the health and care they deserve, need and expect’ and, to this end, proposes funding increases for the health and social care system.

The commission’s report — the final one of 22 in two years — proposes a £2.3bn NHS levy to put it on a firmer financial footing.

This would be funded by applying National Insurance Contributions to pensioners’ earnings and, at a lower rate, to the income of richer pensioners.

Similarly, the report also recommends £2.3bn be injected into the care sector to ‘rescue’ the social care system.

This could be funded by replacing council tax with a progressive property tax, including deferred payments for asset-rich, income-poor families.

The commission’s report also recommends a number of other measures which could help resolve intergenerational tensions including a payment of £10,000 to 25 year olds who wish to get on the housing ladder or start a business.

It also proposes halving stamp duty for first-time buyers and movers, but not for those owning multiple properties.

‘Britain’s contract between generations lies at the heart of society,’ said David Willetts, executive chair of the Resolution Foundation.

‘As families we provide for our children and parents at different times. We expect the state to support these natural instincts – but too often it is tilted in the opposite direction.

‘Many people no longer believe that Britain is delivering on its obligations to young and old. But our Commission shows how Britain can rise to this challenge.

‘From an NHS levy to put healthcare on a firmer financial footing, to building more homes and a Citizen’s Inheritance to boost young people’s career and housing aspirations, our report shows how a new contract between generations can build a better and more unified Britain.’

A first-class learning environment image

A first-class learning environment

Dr Owen Connick explains how, by employing hybrid ventilation, schools can maximise health, comfort and sustainability without big building works.
Highways jobs

Assistant Director

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
£88,768
Looking for an Assistant Director for Commissioning and Partnerships based in our newly created Adults and Wellbeing Directorate. Calderdale, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Head of Culture and Tourism

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
£55,704 - £57,957
As part of the Tees Valley, Redcar and Cleveland, together with our neighbouring boroughs, will be bidding to become the City of Culture 2025. Redcar, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Economic Resilience Project Officer - Major Infrastructure

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£36,876 - £38,813
Exciting opportunity has arisen for exceptional project managers who want to play a leading role in reshaping our... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Executive Director of Children’s Services

Bi-Borough
Up to £165k
Enabling all children and young people to reach their full potential London (Greater)
Recuriter: Bi-Borough

Supported Lettings Officer

Ryedale District Council
£23,836 per annum
Following a successful bid as part of the governments Rapid Rehousing Initiative, Ryedale DC will provide a... North Yorkshire
Recuriter: Ryedale District Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

Register for your free magazine