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Proposals including fuel allowance tax and surcharges labelled ‘a tax on getting old’ by opposition

Social care provision should be modelled on the state pension, with taxpayers funding a flat-rate “universal care entitlement”, which patients could supplement from their own funds, according to former Conservative cabinet minister Damian Green.

In a report published by free market thinktank the Centre for Policy Studies, Green argues that current social care provision is patchy and inadequate, and the government should be spending an additional £2.5bn on it each year.

In order to fund the more generous state provision, Green suggests taxing the winter fuel allowance and redirecting any savings made in the forthcoming spending review.

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The Guardian

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