The Boris Johnson new task force and the Department of Health and Social care are all determined to create a healthier social care fund for its aging citizens.
Under the new plan, all above the age of 40 will now have to part with a sizable amount in the form of taxes which will go towards maintaining their older age fund.
Now, those above the 40 year age bracket will have to pay more towards national insurance or taxes. They might also be asked to get themselves insured against paying hefty bills in their old age. The money raised would primarily make for fund for self care at home or paid services for them when they grow old. It has been a pressing question under Johnson’s holding office as to how will social care be taken care of ‘once for all’.
The above 40s system of contribution is emerging as the preferred method for a reformed system of care for the elderly population in Britain. Social care is a devolved matter but the plans could apply to the whole of the UK as they may involve the tax system.
A self sustained system of taking care of an elderly population exists in many other countries across the South East Asian countries and Europe. Japan and Germany are amongst the few. Here, as soon as individuals turn 40, they start contributing something towards elderly. Moving into that direction, Boris Johnson could be setting the right tone in the country, after the miserable fashion in which Britain has lost more lives to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the elderly lot.
Britain’s health service specialist the National Health Services literally went ballistic as they were forced to contain the elderly in old age and stay in homes, which were keeping unhygienic and unkempt looks, leading to deaths of many elderly people to the virus.
Off late, Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England has had reasons to increase his pressure on ministers to solve the social care crisis. Its failure was a national embarrassment.
Indeed, he was right is asking a question on national television where he said, “I would hope that by the time we are sitting down this time next year, on the 73rd birthday of the NHS, we have actually, as a country, been able to decisively answer the question [of] how we are going to fund and provide high-quality social care for my parents’ generation.”
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