Dilnot calls for social care tax

Government advisor Andrew Dilnot has called for a new adult social care tax for everyone who needs it.

During a speech to the Resolution Foundation think-tank, Mr Dilnot said a tax was needed to provide lifelong support for adult social that was not means tested.

Mr Dilnot said the current system which provides nothing for those with savings and capital of more than £23,250 created a “massive sense of inequity and encourages a significant amount of cheating”.

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Changes raising the upper limit to £118,000 and the lower limit qualifying people for funding cover from £14,000 to £17,000 have been delayed until April 2020.

Mr Dilnot said the state pension triple lock, which allows pensions to raise by the highest of the rate of inflation, average earnings or a minimum 2.5%, should be amended to include a non-means social care guarantee.

He argued that savings from the triple lock could be used to pay for the new social care cap.

“There are many ways in which the scale of money we’re talking about could be reallocated in the upcoming budget without looking for extra money,” he added.

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