The government, having created a crisis in social care, is now calling for increases in council taxes to make up the shortfall in cash. An investigation in the Observer in December found “that in England 58 percent of targets for improving care in people’s homes and local communities were missed”. This has also affected the NHS as people who should be cared for earlier end up at hospital instead.
Prime minister Theresa May has insisted the £4bn spent on the Better Care Fund would help fix the problem but it has instead got worse. Funding for social care has been cut by 12 percent in the past five years. Local authorities are expected to raise council tax by 6 percent.