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Three quarters of public support tax rises for social care - poll

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07 Aug 2019
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Three quarters (73%) of the public support a tax increase to pay for adult social care, a Survation poll for GMB reveals.

The survey, conducted in June 2019 and 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.

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.

Kelly Andrews, GMB National Officer

A whopping 86% believe carers should be well paid and trained, with 83% saying that pay should reflect the highly skilled and increasingly complex nature of care work.

GMB today launches a massive care survey to build a picture of the sector across the country.

Care matters to everyone - take our survey

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. 
 


Kelly Andrews, GMB National Officer, said:

“Our social care system isn’t just in crisis – it’s crumbling around our ears.

“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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