Social care  

PM told to deliver on social care or resign

In December’s Queen's Speech the government announced it would provide an additional £1bn for councils in every year of this parliament, with the government pledging to consult on a 2 per cent precept that would enable councils to access a further £500m for adult social care for 2020-21.

But no further reform was mentioned in the March Budget.

Meanwhile the industry has come up with a number of suggestions including a Care Isa and Care pension but so far nothing seems to have been picked up by government.

Another suggestion from a think tank was to use the Covid-19 crisis to highlight issues in the sector and to push for the government to remove the “historic funding barrier” between the NHS and social care.

The Policy Exchange suggested new measures should be introduced in the tax system to fund social care and allow it to be largely free at the point of use for older and working age people who require long-term care.

amy.austin@ft.com

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