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LGA: Boost adult social care with tax cuts for carers


11 August 2015

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At a time of “chronic underfunding” for adult social care, the Local Government Association (LGA) has called on government to give unpaid carers tax reductions.

They recommend that carers are given £100 council tax reductions each year, and a fully subscribed discount fund of £25 million should be set up by the government.

At a time of “chronic underfunding” for adult social care, the Local Government Association (LGA) has called on government to give unpaid carers tax reductions.

They recommend that carers are given £100 council tax reductions each year, and a fully subscribed discount fund of £25 million should be set up by the government.

This would support at least 250,000 hours of unpaid care per week, saving up to £220 million a year.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said: "Unpaid carers play a pivotal role in the adult social care system and it is crucial we continue to attract them and recognise and reward the sterling work they do.”

The funding gap is growing by a minimum of £700 million a year, the LGA said.

“They save taxpayers money by relieving the pressure on health and care services. Without the additional support they provide the system would be even more unstable,” Seccombe warned.

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