Response to reports local councils will be allowed to raise council tax by 6% to fund social care
14 December 2016
Responding to reports in the media that the government intends to allow local councils to raise council tax by 6% over two years, Leonard Cheshire Disability chief executive Neil Heslop said:
‘We are pleased that the government has acknowledged the severe strain that social care is under. Giving local councils more flexibility to raise revenue locally is a step in the right direction.
‘However it is not an answer on its own and risks creating a postcode lottery. While extra money is always welcome, this will do little to plug the £2.6 billion social care funding gap by 2020, particularly as the areas with the greatest need for extra funding will raise the least through the precept.
‘To avoid a further crisis the government needs to move beyond short term interventions. With more disabled and older people than ever before in need of care and support, we now need a national conversation led by government, and backed by all the parties, to agree how we will fund and deliver health and social care in the future.’
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