Three quarters of the public support a tax increase to pay for social care, survey finds


Three quarters (73%) of the general public support a tax increase to pay for adult social care, a new survey reveals.

Just 7% of people oppose tax rises to pay for social care, with 59% supporting a reverse to tax cuts, such as corporation tax, to pay for it, the survey showed.

The online poll for GMB Union, conducted on just over 1,000 people, also found that 86% of the general public believe carers should be well paid and trained, with 83% saying that pay should reflect the highly skilled and complex nature of their work.

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It highlighted that the public was not happy with the adult social care sector, with 68% saying it’s in a poor state.

The results were unveiled as GMB launched a nationwide care survey to build a picture of the sector across the country.

Kelly Andrews, GMB National Officer, said: “Our social care system isn’t just in crisis – it’s crumbling around our ears.

“A third of carers leave the profession every year while funding is woefully behind what is needed.

“Throughout our lives, we will all come into contact with care –  be it our mums and dads needing help, working as a carer or knowing someone who does. Ultimately we will all need it ourselves.

“GMB will not stop unless this vital service is professionalised. The dedicated carers we all rely on need the pay and training they deserve.”

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