“Raise income tax to solve social care crisis, say council leaders”

Owl says: after 8 years of austerity surely we are in a healthy economic state – if not, why not? And didn’t we raise the retirement age to fund this?

“More than half of all council leaders in England want income tax to be increased to solve the social care crisis, according to a new survey.

Research by the Local Government Association (LGA) found that 58 per cent of leaders back the measure as a way of relieving the strain on services.

The poll also revealed that most oppose further rises in council tax and want the shortfall in funding to be filled by the UK government.

A separate study found that 87 per cent of the public want the government to allocate more cash to councils to ease pressures in the sector. …”