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The lives we want to lead

The Local Government Association has issued a consultative green paper for adult social care and wellbeing to promote debate about how to fund care in communities and how the wider care and health system can be better geared towards supporting and improving people’s wellbeing.

Possible solutions to paying for adult social care in the long-term, outlined in the consultation, include:

  • Increasing income tax for taxpayers of all ages – a 1p rise on the basic rate could raise £4.4 billion in 2024/25.
  • Increasing national insurance – a 1p rise could raise £10.4 billion in 2024/25.
  • A Social Care Premium – charging the over-40s and working pensioners an earmarked contribution (such as an addition to National Insurance or another mechanism). If it was assumed everyone over 40 was able to pay the same amount (not the case under National Insurance), raising £1 billion would mean a cost of £33.40 for each person aged 40+ in 2024/25.
  • Means testing universal benefits, such as winter fuel allowance and free TV licences, could raise £1.9 billion in 2024/25
  • Allowing councils to increase council tax – a 1 per cent rise would generate £285 million in 2024/25

The consultation runs until 26th September.

Read Local Government Association - The lives we want to lead