Leading Tory Sir Nicholas Soames has called for a ring-fenced tax on the over 40s to pay for elderly care.
Sir Nicholas said the UK should follow Japan’s example by requiring everyone over 40 to pay into a national insurance scheme, the Daily Mail reported.
During a Parliamentary question, the Mid Sussex MP said: “Every day I see families who are desperately anxious about the provision of care for their elderly relatives. It isn’t good enough for this to go on and on.”
Sir Nicholas said a compulsory insurance scheme in Japan enjoyed near universal support and appeared to work well.
He said the UK’s adult social care system was “creaking at the seams” and was the nation’s biggest problem outside Brexit.
Junior Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price said the Government would be examining funding systems in other countries as part of its Green Paper, which is expected in the summer (see Social care Green Paper scheduled for summer 2018).
The Health Minister told MPs in December that the Government planned to scrap a £72,500 cap on social care costs (see Tories to scrap social care cap).