Yes, we need better funding for social care – but first we should decide what kind of service we actually want

The country needs a radical redefinition of social care, says Brian Fisher. Solutions so far have been both inadequate and absent of the voices of those directly involved

Wednesday 08 September 2021 14:46
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<p>Boris Johnson announces a 1.25 per cent increase in national insurance to pay for health and social care on Tuesday </p>

Boris Johnson announces a 1.25 per cent increase in national insurance to pay for health and social care on Tuesday

The government is talking at last about increasing funding for social care, having talked about a solution for two years and having cut funding to councils by nearly half over a decade. On Tuesday, it announced that an estimated £12bn can be raised by increasing national insurance contributions by 1.25 per cent.

As a GP, I know how vital a flourishing social-care sector can be. We all want security and support when we need it. We welcome the debate on a plan for social care and how to pay for it.

However, before we talk about finances, we need to agree what we want to pay for – what kind of social care do we want?

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