Budget 2020: Social care must be government’s ‘biggest priority’, say finance chiefs


Financial advisers have made clear what their priorities for reform are under the government’s ‘decade of renewal’ Budget for 2020, with a new deal on social care funding seen as the most pressing issue.

Research from pension and investment provider, Aegon, among 220 UK advisers, revealed two in five (39%) see a new deal on social care funding as their number one priority.

Changes to pension tax relief received the second highest number of votes (27%), with finding a pension solution for the self-employed top choice with a fifth of advisers (18%).

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Uncertainty over the future direction of social care and its funding has made the issue a national conversation and led to increasing frustration.

Earlier this year, the prime minister disappointed many hoping for an imminent set of proposals by saying only that social care funding would be consulted on sometime ‘this year’ with implementation potentially taking up to five years.

Steven Cameron, pensions director at Aegon, said: “If new chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget is to truly set out plans for a ‘decade of renewal’, it should be used to announce bold reform and put some meat on the bones of manifesto promises. With Brexit now at least on the way to being ‘done’, and with our population living longer, now is the time to tackle the UK’s biggest challenges in pensions and social care funding. So what policies do advisers want to see emerge from the Chancellor’s red box on budget day?

“Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the length of time it’s taken, the runaway issue that advisers most want clarity on is a new deal on social care funding. The issue affects millions of individuals, looking to find and fund appropriate care either for themselves or a family member, so the government need to be bold and deliver on its commitment to reforming social care.

“The adviser community has made it clear how much of a priority it is for them and their clients, so we now need to see Government progress to ‘get social care done’.”

It was reported yesterday that Rishi Sunak (pictured) may delay the date of next month’s Budget in order to give himself more time to prepare.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said ministers had still not been told whether the 2020 Budget would go ahead on March 11 as planned after Sajid Javid’s resignation.

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