Conservatives are forcing up Council tax by adding on a Social Care Precept. This now means a Band D council tax payer will pay £214 for the social care precept. This is added on to the council tax.
Care for older people and those with disabilities in their homes or in residential care has been starved of funding for many, many years. The Conservatives promised to solve the funding of care crisis in 2019. This was a firm promise made by the Prime Minister.
Experts estimate that the gap in funding amounts to £5.3 billion.
The gap has to be filled if the most vulnerable in our communities are to receive the care they deserve.
Funding for social care has always been a combination of money raised locally through the council tax and funding from Government. The Government has made very big cuts in funding to local councils and this made the crisis much worse.
The Conservatives decided in 2016 to force council tax payers to pay a so-called social care precept. This is to be added onto the council tax bill. If Councils fail to levy the social care precept it means there is much less money to pay for social care. That would be penalising the most vulnerable in our communities so councils reluctantly added on the social care precept.
Since 2016 there has been a 2% or 3% extra on council tax every year for the social care precept. It adds up to 13% extra altogether since 2016.
Council tax is not a fair tax in that it takes no account of ability to pay. This makes the social care precept even more unfair.
The social care precept will add on each year unless we persuade the Government that it has a responsibility to provide the funding, one way or another.
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