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    Don’t hit older workers to pay for social care – need a solution that is fair across and within generations

    Don’t hit older workers to pay for social care – need a solution that is fair across and within generations

    Forcing pensioner workers to pay National Insurance is not a solution to care funding crisis Imposing new National Insurance on just one group introduces new unfairness and could be politically damaging Pensioners are not entitled to many of the benefits that National Insurance covers Working past pension age should be encouraged, not penalised to pay for other people’s care How could Government justify forcing pensioner workers to fund other people’s social care while non-working pensioners on huge pensions pay no…

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    As care crisis worsens, Jeremy Hunt has a chance to improve both NHS and Social Care

    As care crisis worsens, Jeremy Hunt has a chance to improve both NHS and Social Care

    Golden opportunity to address the social care crisis must not be missed. Integration of healthcare and social care can improve the quality of both. Meaningful reform must end artificial and unfair division between dementia and cancer. As the population ages, the country’s care system simply isn’t fit for purpose: Social care available from local authorities is not providing good care for today’s elderly people (a cohort which is currently very small yet is causing such mayhem), and that lack of…

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    Pension freedoms mean pension transfers make more sense

    Pension freedoms mean pension transfers make more sense

    21 June 2017 Good news: Regulator wakes up to new landscape for pension transfers Advisers encouraged to recognise that transferring out of a final salary scheme could be the right thing to do Pension freedoms have radically improved attractions of Defined Contribution pensions Vital to understand both risks and benefits, rather than assume transfers always wrong The new world of pension freedom and choice paves the way for fresh thinking on transferring out of Defined Benefit pension schemes. Here’s a…

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    Manifesto cost May the election

    Manifesto cost May the election

    11 June 2017 Tory Manifesto cost May the election Social care proposals alienated core voters AND would have made care crisis even worse There is no silver bullet – care crisis needs a range of solutions The Tory Manifesto was a turning point in the election campaign.  To say the policy announcements on pensions and care were badly thought through would be an understatement. They don’t really seem to have been thought through at all. The combination of means-testing Winter…

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    Budget Comments

    Budget Comments

    8 March 2017 Another missed opportunity to start addressing social care No new incentives for social care savings and radical reform proposals pushed into Green Paper later this year No proper help for savers – new NS&I bond pays interest rate lower than inflation, so savers lose money Costs of public sector pensions will rise sharply, by nearly 40% between 2015 and 2020 Self employed bearing brunt of tax rises to pay for other measures Addressing Social care crisis: Extra…

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    Help people use pensions and savings to fund social care

    Help people use pensions and savings to fund social care

    8 February 2017 Care crisis is worse than pensions crisis – but pensions and savings could help fund social care Many baby boomers have pensions and ISAs but no incentive to retain money for care Chancellor’s Budget could consider tax-free pension withdrawals and IHT-free ISAs for care savings Such incentives would let people know they need to prepare for care costs   Have to get real about the scale of care challenge – need combination of public funding, national insurance,…

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    Is Government going to introduce saving incentives for social care?

    Is Government going to introduce saving incentives for social care?

    14 December 2016 Jeremy Hunt is right we need for private savings to help fund care crisis There’s no one solution but private savings must be part of the mix Care costs much higher for older women than older men Government can introduce tax incentives to help families save for care costs Care ISAs, Workplace Saving Plans, Eldercare vouchers, Family Care Saving Plans free of Inheritance Tax Consider using auto-enrolment and free Guidance to kick-start care savings as part of…

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    Care ISAs and incentives for care saving

    Care ISAs and incentives for care saving

    2 February 2015 Government considering savings incentives for social care Possible ways to incentivise care saving schemes:  1. Care ISA   2. Tax free pension withdrawal   3. Care saving in auto-enrolment Could help millions of middle income families not just the well-off Government must tackle lack of care funding: Are Ministers finally waking up to the need to help people save to pay for social care? I do hope so. It seems they may be considering savings incentives, to help…

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    Social care crisis – urgent action needed

    Social care crisis – urgent action needed

    20 January 2015 Action to address care crisis cannot wait any longer Elderly people are suffering due to council and care company cost-cutting All parts of the system are failing and Government has not yet offered solutions Tax incentives to help families save for care costs are needed as £72,000 cap is too high for affordable insurance Care ISAs, Family Care Plans and Workplace Savings free of Inheritance Tax Use auto-enrolment and new free Guidance to kick-start care savings There…

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    We need tax breaks for care saving, not more means-testing

    We need tax breaks for care saving, not more means-testing

    4 September 2014 More means-testing and tax increases will disincentivise private income and could worsen looming care crisis We need incentives to encourage people to save for care – Care ISAs and tax-free pension withdrawals, plus inheritance tax exemption for care savings Health and social care budgets must be integrated to provide fairer system Radical reform of social care is required: I welcome the report released today by the King’s Fund, which highlights yet again the flaws in our system…

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