Elderly people support ‘death tax’ to fund better care

Elderly people support a ‘death tax’ to fund their social care costs, a new survey has found.

The Age UK report found support for general taxation and a 5% levy on estates after death in order to fund better care.

Age UK Charity Director Caroline Abrahams said: “Older people and their families said that they would be prepared to pay more, but only if it was affordable and in exchange for better, less rushed care visits, with more continuity of staff, and more support for unpaid carers – in other words a properly functioning system offering reasonable value for money.

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“They felt they had paid into the system and it should be there for them, and for everyone else if and when they needed it, so everyone should play a part in funding it, now and into the future.”

The majority of the 127 people across the country conducted in the survey highlighted the poor quality of care with many saying they felt they could have found better care with more money.

Respondents also found social care very expensive and not good value for money. People also found the system “dysfunctional” and difficult to navigate.

Sir Andrew Dilnot, meanwhile, has warned MPs that the social care system is “creaking” and “at risk of disaster”.

Speaking to the Commons Health Committee, Sir Andrew said: “I don’t think we need another commission. The means tested system is creaking. It really is under great strain.

“The sticking point now is where the money should come from rather than what the money is spent on. It’s up to Government to come up with proposals and put them to opposition parties.”

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