Think Tank Calls for Cross-Party Commission on Care Funding
Reform Scotland makes case for 1p on Income Tax before transitioning to social insurance
Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, has today released a new report on paying for social care. In The Cost of Caring: Getting Serious About Funding and Improving Social Care in Scotland, the think tank calls for a cross-party commission to develop a sustainable social insurance model to pay for care.
Reform Scotland argues for a temporary 1p rise in Income Tax to start implementing the recommendations set out in the Feeley review, but says that in the longer term it is unsustainable for a proportionately reducing workforce to pay for an ageing population.
The paper also calls for a widespread public awareness campaign so that voters better understand how social care is currently paid for and what rights they have if, and when, they may need to access care themselves.
In his foreword for the paper, Paul Gray, former Chief Executive of NHS Scotland, said: