‘Bring forward Better Care Fund cash’, says Humphries
Caring Times, February 2017
Following revelations that the Government is considering allowing local authorities to increase council tax to boost social care funding,the King’s Fund’s assistant director of policy Richard Humphries said the increasingly threadbare nature of the social care safety net was taking an unacceptable toll on older people, their families and their carers.
“Addressing this is a key test of the Prime Minister’s commitment to a more equal country that works for everyone,” said Mr Humphries.
“Allowing local authorities to raise council tax would provide some welcome extra funding, but our analysis shows this would raise only a relatively small amount of money and would widen existing inequalities as less affluent areas are able to raise less.
“It would be much better to raise funding by bringing forward money from the Better Care Fund. Even if there is more funding for social care in the short term, there would still be an urgent need for a cross-party debate on how we sustainably fund health and social care in the future.”