Council tax hikes won't cover social care, says economist Vicky Pryce

'Council tax increases won't be enough to cover social care', says economist Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce has dismissed the idea

Friday, February 10, 2017

A leading economist has said Britain’s town halls won’t be able to bridge the social care funding gap simply by hiking council tax. 

Vicky Pryce spoke to talkRADIO in the wake of a survey which found nearly every local authority in the UK is planning to increase council tax by up to 5% in April, with many citing social care as the major reason for the hike.  

She told Paul Ross: "What we’ve seen suffer in recent years is [that] social care… is demanding increasing amounts of money. Council tax is the only way around the problem.

"[But] it looks like the increase won’t be enough to cover the costs of social care, which follows years of cutbacks in council funding from the Government.”