A THIRD of Brits say they are less likely to send a loved one to a care home after the Covid crisis – as proposals for a new social care tax emerged.
The survey by Policy Exchange and IPPR think tanks also found that 40 per cent of over 65s are less likely to opt to move into a home.
Experts said the poll of 2,400 Brits shows there is a “crisis in confidence” in social care.
Nearly 12,000 people have tragically died from Covid in Britain’s crisis-hit care homes.
Richard Sloggett, Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, said: “It is hard to overstate the impact of coronavirus on this country’s care homes.
“The scale of the crisis has also reminded the nation that the care system is badly in need of reform.
“We need to fix this urgently to restore the country’s faith in social care.
“This will not be easy but our polling shows the emergence of a new national consensus on the future for social care.
“The public wants a system that is largely free at the point of use and properly funded like the NHS out of general taxation.”
Meanwhile, it emerged that ministers had discussed plans for massive social care reform which were put on ice when the deadly pandemic hit.
The plan would see a cap put on the amount someone had to pay for social care, and the possibility of a new tax to fund the crisis-hit service Ministers held several meetings with Sir Andrew Dilnot, who came up with such a plan back in 2011, the BBC reported.
His plan for social care reform was passed into law under David Cameron and the Coalition, but was later ditched.