THINK TANK ASKS ALL PARTIES TO COMMIT TO CARE FUNDING COMMISSION IN 2022
Reform Scotland builds on report following Scottish Government Budget announcement of increased pay
Reform Scotland, the independent, non-partisan think tank, today asks for all parties in the Scottish Parliament to work together during 2022 on how care should be funded in Scotland in the long term.
In its recent report – The Cost of Caring: Getting Serious About Funding and Improving Social Care in Scotland – the think tank called for a cross-party commission to develop a sustainable social insurance model to pay for care.
At the recent Scottish Government Budget, Finance and Economy Secretary Kate Forbes MSP introduced a minimum wage floor of £10.50 per hour for public sector workers, which will lift social care workers from just over £10.
However, to extend eligibility, as well as implementing other recommendations set out in the Independent Review of Adult Social Care will require additional revenue. Reform Scotland has argued for a temporary 1p rise in Income Tax to start implementing reform now, 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.