The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a green paper for adult social care and wellbeing to spark debate about adult social care due to increased demand for care and funding shortfalls and you can share your views.
It comes after the Government delayed publishing its green paper on older people’s social care.
The consultation runs until September 26th 2018 and people can comment on possible changes and solutions suggested by the LGA. These include the following proposals to pay for adult social care in the long-term:
- Increasing income tax for all taxpayers and national insurance by 1% each;
- Means testing universal benefits such as winter fuel allowance and free TV licences (the over 75s get a free TV Licence); and
- Introducing a Social Care Premium – paid by the over 40’s and working pensioners. The LGA has said that charging £33.40 per person could generate £1 billion in 2024/25.
In the paper the LGA said paying care providers a “fair price” for their services would help to create a more stable market with less providers handing back contracts or closing operations.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “People have a right to live the life they want to lead and high quality adult social care and support plays an essential role in this. Our green paper is the start of a nationwide public debate about the future of care for all adults and how best to support their wellbeing. We encourage as many people and organisations to have their say on how we pay for it.”
You can read the green paper and take part in the consultation at https://futureofadultsocialcare.co.uk/the-green-paper/have-your-say/ and if you prefer there is an option to download and complete the survey offline. You can call the LGA on 020 7664 3000.