Care for the elderly is becoming increasingly difficult for Councils to provide. Where older people choose to pay for their own care through private care services or a private care home, this relieves the pressure on the system. To encourage and broaden this sector, tax breaks should be offered, similar to those associated with charitable status, and the inspection and regulation regime should be streamlined to become less of a burden. Social work departments and NHS services should provide information on private care options and providers.
Those with an elderly relative living in their home should be entitled to a substantial Council Tax reduction and/or tax allowance.