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MAJOR BOOST TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR A RURAL STRATEGY:
The Independent Food, Farming & Countryside Commission hosted by the RSA in its report launched on Tuesday 16th July ‘Our Future in the Land’ has added its voice to the calls by the RSN and the House of Lords Select Committee for a comprehensive Rural Strategy (more to follow)

Social Care model suggested

Former cabinet minister Damian Green has today published a report with the think tank Centre of Policy Studies in which he argues that current social care is inadequate, and the Government should be spending an addition £2.5 billion annually, according to the Guardian.

Green suggests taxing the winter fuel allowance and using any savings from the upcoming spending review.

He adds that as ‘a last resort’ over-50s could be asking to pay a one per cent national insurance surcharge ‘for a guarantee that their personal finances will not be exhausted by the costs of social care, and that they will be looked after whatever their condition.’ Labour’s John McDonnell called the proposed changes ‘a tax on getting old’.

Full article:

→ The Guardian - Damian Green suggests modelling social care provision on state pension

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