‘New money needed to fund social care’

Other recommendations include urgently injecting genuinely new national investment to help address the social care funding gap – expected to hit £3.56 billion by 2024/25 – and launching a national campaign to raise awareness of what adult social care and support is, and why it matters.

Polling by Britain Thinks, commissioned by the LGA as part of its green paper work, found that an increase in national insurance was
the public’s most preferred option for funding social care, with 56 per cent of people in favour, while only 18 per cent opposed
the measure.

The LGA launched its green paper, ‘The lives we want to lead’, over the summer, after a further delay to the Government’s own Green Paper. It has received more than 540 submissions to the consultation from the general public, people who use services, councils and other interested organisations.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “Work to find a long-term funding solution for adult social care has been kicked into the long grass by successive governments for the past two decades and has brought these vital services to breaking point.

“The Government must use its upcoming Green Paper to make a serious case for national tax rises, including either increases to income tax and/or national insurance, to provide long-term sustainability for the vital social care services that are central to helping people to live fulfilling, independent lives.

“Now is the time for answers. And every day that is spent further defining the problem, and consulting on changes that only really tinker at the edges of the debate, is another day in which people’s lives are not being lived to the full.

“The Government needs to be bold in the solutions it puts forward, but it is incumbent upon politicians of all colours to cooperate and be part of a wider movement for change in the national interest.”

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