‘People willing to pay more tax to fund social care’ says FCC report
Caring Times, November 2017
A UK-wide poll commissioned by the charity Future Care Capital (FCC) has found that most people support income tax rises to increase funding available for adult social care.
A key finding was that most of those questioned said 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.
The charity has also commissioned a UK-wide poll through Ipsos MORI to gauge public opinion about preparing for and managing future care needs.
FCC chief executive Dean James said public attitudes about adult social care were changing
“Our poll shows that the public are willing to contribute more through tax to increase funding available for adult social care,” said Mr James.
“The problem is that future planning is urgently needed now to avoid a cliff edge in health and social care. The contributions in our report all follow a common theme – society is ageing, if we fail to plan for this, the next generation of older people will not have the same access to care.
“We need a new settlement for health and care that provides the right services for everyone and recognises the benefits of living longer. A cross-party consensus is required. There should be a Care Covenant – an agreement between the state and the public – which sets out a commitment to support the health and care needs of everyone. Our eight Future Care Guarantees form part of what we believe the Care Covenant should focus on.”
- FCC’s report, ‘Securing the future: planning health and care for every generation’ can be found at: https://futurecarecapital.org.uk/