Social care cannot be made sustainable without an increase in taxation, a leading Conservative councillor has said.
Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative conference on Tuesday Kent CC leader and County Councils Network chair Paul Carter suggested the UK could introduce a model similar to that used in Germany where a 2.5% tax on income is used to fund social care. He said half of this was paid by employers and half by employees.
Alternatively he suggested extra funds could be raised through a combination of income tax and a tax on wealth after death.
He said: “You don’t get nowt for nowt… There is no other way other than to raise for the public purse a system that allows individuals access to a basic provision of domiciliary, residential or nursing care
“There is no argument about who pays; it does provide a solution that works excellently well in Germany.”
Speaking to LGC afterwards he suggested the tax could start when individuals reach 45.
Meanwhile the Times reports that at another fringe event care minister Jackie Doyle-Price said the value of older people’s homes would have to be used to pay for care.
She said: “I don’t think it’s fair to expect the next generation of taxpayers to pay for this generation’s long-term needs.
“It is going to be challenging taking the public with us as we settle these questions because it’s going to be hard and nothing comes for free. Individuals are going to have make provision for themselves, or if they want the state to do it they’re going to have a pay a lot more in tax.”