As ministers devise strategies to end the social care crisis, they are considering to make everyone over 40 contribute towards the cost of care.
The serious crisis in social care has prompted the UK ministers to start making radical plans to finally end it. People who are over 40 will have to pay more in tax or national insurance, or be forced to ensure themselves against hefty bills for care when they are older.
These contributions will then be used to finance the care of incapacitated elderly people who need support and cover their stay in care homes.
According to sources, the UK government officials are considering the plan to make over-40`s meet the cost of a reformed system of care for the elderly to fulfil Prime Minister Boris Johnson`s pledge which he made over a year ago to “fix the crisis once and for all”.
The health and social care secretary, Matt Hancock is an exponent of the plan and has been opining it in discussions that resumed recently about government`s proposals to overhaul social care.
A source with knowledge of the government`s deliberations said: “The latest thinking is that there’s a preference for some sort of Japanese-style model where once you are over 40 you start paying into a central risk pool. They are deadly serious about that.”
In Japan, people start contributing to the cost of care once they reach 40, while in Germany everyone starts contributing once they reach start working, and pensioners contribute too. Campaigners across the UK are most likely going to support the idea of over-40`s contributing more to the social care fund.
In a statement, the charity director of Age UK, Caroline Abrahams said: “Some older people may look askance at the idea of only the over-40s paying to fund a new national care system.
“However, if that’s what our government is considering embracing here than it may be rather a good deal, since that system offers a level of provision and reassurance that we can only dream of here at the moment.”