Council tax hikes considered for social care


Moves are being considered this week to allow local authorities to raise council tax bills to pay for social care.

The plans have been criticised by The King’s Fund, however, which argues the social care precept is a “deeply flawed” means of raising money for care.

Analysis by The King’s Fund shows that the social care precept raised just £382m in 2016/17 or less than 3% of what councils plan to spend on adult social care.

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The King’s Fund said money raised would not even cover the cost of the National Living Wage this year.

Richard Humphries, policy assistant director said the places with the greatest need for social funding would raise the least through the precept.

Richard said the 10 least deprived areas would raise almost two-and-a-half times more from the precept than the 10 most deprived.

The King’s Fund said the amount raised per head of the population ranged from £5 in Newham and Manchester to  £10 in Maidenhead and £15 in Richmond on Thames.

Richard said: “If anything, more deprived areas have suffered bigger cuts in spending so the precept will widen inequalities.”

The policy assistant director said a better option would be to bring forward money through the Better Care Fund.

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