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CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, has urged the government to funnel more tax towards social care and re-evaluate the effectiveness of existing spending programmes, such as the Winter Fuel Allowance, as part of its social care Green Paper wish list.
Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive,CIPFA, commented:
“The Green Paper is our best hope at ensuring there will be a long-term solution to the social care funding crisis. So it is vital that the government seizes the opportunity to make real and lasting change by exploring more radical funding options, including increasing the sector’s tax take.
“No stone should be left unturned. The government must have the courage to evaluate current spending programmes, such as the Winter Fuel Allowance, in terms of their effectiveness and question whether money could perhaps be better spent elsewhere.”
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Please contact the press office for a copy of CIPFA’s response to Commons Select Committees on Health and on Communities and Local Government.