Local authorities could be allowed to raise council taxes to fund social care

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£2 billion of fresh funding could be made available for social care and housing in England, according to a report in The Guardian.

It is thought that this week’s spending review will announce plans to allow local authorities to increase council tax by up to 2% in regions facing a funding crisis.

If all councils opt to increase local taxes, it will raise an additional £2 billion by the end of the decade. It would cost a typical household £30 per year.

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Care home professionals and industry association Care England has been lobbying hard for chancellor George Osborne to increase funding for the sector. It is thought that 3000 care home beds have been lost in the past year, putting additional pressure on hospitals.

In a statement to Care Home Professional last week, Care England chief executive, professor Martin Green warned: “The sector is in a very fragile state and we are all on tenterhooks to find out whether the chancellor will resource us appropriately. It’s five to midnight.”

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