Social care tax POLL: Are you happy to pay 1% more in tax to help the elderly?

Social care tax POLL: Are you happy to pay 1% more in tax to help the elderly?

National Insurance: How are your contributions used?

The average worker in the UK earns approximately £31,461 and pays £2,627.16 in National Insurance per year. With the Prime Minister’s proposed one percent rise, the average individual would pay approximately £314.61 more in National insurance per year – but this figure varies from person to person. The Conservative’s 2019 general election manifesto committed to no rises in income tax, VAT or National Insurance. However, that promise was made before the pandemic which has rinsed Government funds dry and put the NHS under further financial strain.

The National Insurance rise will generate an extra £10billion annually, reported The Times.

The Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak are reportedly “close” to agreeing the rise, but any proposals are unlikely to be set out before the end of summer.

Just after his election victory in 2019, Mr Johnson promised to “fix the crisis in social care once and for all”.

Speaking on Monday, he told a news conference that coming up with a solid plan for social care funding had “bedevilled governments for at least three decades”.

He continued: “All I can say is we’ve waited three decades, you’re just going to have to wait a little bit longer.

“I’m sorry about that but it won’t be too long now, I assure you.”

Are you happy to pay 1% more in tax for elderly?

Are you happy to pay 1% more in tax to help the elderly and vulnerable? (Image: Getty)

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Business minister Paul Scully told Sky News: “It’s been around for a long time this issue, and we really do need to get to grips with it, and that’s what the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary are really determined to do.”

But critics question whether raising National Insurance, which applies to those who are of working age, is a fair deal. They instead call for a rise in tax for all people in the UK – including those who are retired.

Professor Len Shackleton, from the Institute of Economic Affairs, said raising National Insurance would be “yet another burden on working age people at a time when jobs are insecure, inflation is rising and wages are squeezed”.

He continued: “It is wrong to place the burden of this tax squarely on the shoulders of younger workers, without extending NI to post-state pension age taxpayers to help pay.”

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Britons have taken to Twitter to oppose Mr Johnson’s proposed pay rise.

One user tweeted: “People with no assets get social care… There’s something inherently unfair when someone is prudent with their money and have to pay for something that someone who wasn’t prudent gets as a right.”

However, the most common age group using adult social care facilities are over the age of 65 and using the service for age related conditions, according to the Institute for Government.

Another person tweeted: “Surely everyone can agree that people should have better access to the social care they need?” want to know if you would be happy to pay a one percent National Insurance tax increase to solve the issues within the adult social care system. Vote in the poll and tell us more about what you think in the comments section.

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A lack of available beds in care homes

A lack of available care home beds has prevented the elderly from being discharged from hospital (Image: Getty)

The NHS is one of the world’s most efficient healthcare systems, and substantially lower cost than other advanced European countries such as France, Germany, Sweden or Switzerland. In fact, Germans spend 30 percent more per person on healthcare than we do, and their overall taxation of average people is more than five percent higher than Britain’s.

But inefficiencies in ‘adult social care’, largely run by local authorities, are having a direct impact on the way NHS hospitals can run.

The NHS website states: “At present around 2,500 hospital beds are occupied by patients who are fit to leave hospital but are awaiting social care, and an equivalent number are occupied due to delays in community health services.

“This means we are not providing the most appropriate care for these individuals, who are often frail, older people; we are causing delays for other patients in A&E departments who are waiting to be admitted to a hospital bed; and we are sometimes having to delay routine operations for other patients.

“That is one reason why the NHS itself supported the call for well-targeted extra social care funding.”

Key Workers Strike At North London Care Home

Key Workers Strike At North London Care Home earlier this year (Image: Getty)

In 2017 the Government granted one billion pounds to local-authority adult social care and a further billion over the following two years.

This funding was specifically designated to be used by councils to ensure extra home care and care home places to free up more hospital beds, relieving pressure on the NHS.

Residential adult social care facilities in England, such as care homes, have decreased 16.7 percent – from 18,600 facilities in 2009 to 15,500 in 2021, according to Workforce Intelligence. Registered nurses are one of the only jobs in adult social care to have seen a significant decrease, down 17,000 (33 percent) since 2012.

Considering the current situation adult social care in the UK finds itself in, do you think Boris Johnson’s proposal of a one percent rise is too little, too much or a reasonable suggestion? Vote now.

Published at Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:14:51 +0000