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Most support tax increase to fund social care

August 7, 2019

Three quarters (73%) of the public support a tax increase to pay for adult social care, according to a Survation poll conducted for the GMB in June.

The survey, released as GMB launches a nationwide survey of care workers, also shows 68% of the public think adult social care is in a poor state.

Just 7% oppose tax rises to pay for social care, with 59% supporting a reverse to tax cuts – such as corporation tax – to pay for it.

Eighty-six per cent of people surveyed believe care workers should be well paid and trained, with 83% saying that pay should reflect the highly skilled and increasingly complex nature of care work.

Earlier this year GMB helped launch an All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Care (APPG Social Care) – a cross-party group of MPs who will look at the care system, funding and state of staffing in the sector.

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

“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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