The continual absence of a sustainable, long term solution has brought the adult social care and support system to breaking point.
Since 2010, councils have had to bridge a £6 billion funding shortfall just to keep the adult social care system going. In addition, it is estimated that adult social care services face a £3.5 billion funding gap by 2025 just to maintain existing standards of care. Latest figures show that councils in England receive nearly two million new requests for adult social care a year.
After decades of failure to find a sustainable, long term solution on how to pay for adult social care and in response to the Government’s decision to delay its own proposals we need to set out options on how the system could be paid for.
These measures include increasing income tax for all ages; increasing National Insurance; a social are premium for the over 40s and working pensioners; means testing universal benefits and allowing councils to increase council tax.
Whatever the solution it is imperative that ‘the can is not kicked down the road’. We need a grown – up debate. A debate that is shorn of party politics and arrives at a long term, sustainable approach to one of the greatest problems facing the country.