In this research the Women’s Budget Group and the New Economics Foundation calculate the cost of all the reforms needed to create a high-quality, universal care service with well-paid care workers, and show that the government’s new health and social care levy would only raise 6% of the funds needed to create such a service.
Key proposals for a universal quality social care service are:
- a generous new funding settlement including £19.6bn per year with an additional £12.3bn to fund a rise in rates of pay
- an expanded role for local authorities with the principle of co-production at the centre of social care
- a new national body to drive improvement. A reformed Care Quality Commission (CQC) should sit under it, alongside a new agency with responsibility for the regulation of the workforce