Rumours Theresa May will allow steep council tax hike as bed blocking in Norfolk and Suffolk reaches record high

Councils could be allowed to put up tax to help with social care black hole Photo: John Stillwell/PA

Councils could be allowed to put up tax to help with social care black hole Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Speculation councils could be allowed to increase taxes to pay for social care have been branded a 'sticking plaster' by Norman Lamb.

The North Norfolk MP warned the move would increase the postcode lottery in provision amid reports Theresa May would give powers to introduce steep tax rises.

Experts have issued fresh warnings that the straining system could 'topple over at any moment' leaving the poorest 'living a squalid life'.

It comes as record numbers of patients are stuck in the region's biggest hospitals despite being ready to leave as doctors unions warn the NHS if facing the toughest winter yet.

More and more people are medically fit to be discharged, but support for them in care homes or their own homes is not in place.


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The Prime Minister is reportedly preparing to allow tax precepts to be increased so local councils, which have suffered reductions in government grants totalling more than 40pc since 2010, can claw in extra cash to cover the spiralling social care costs.

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said: 'This is dreadful crisis management from the Conservatives. They are lurching from crisis to crisis and this is yet another desperate sticking plaster solution which falls short of what is needed.

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'Making councils bear all the burden will increase the postcode lottery which already exists. It will mean that wealthy parts of the country will find it easier to meet rising demand whilst those areas where council tax raises less money will be left struggling.

'The government must be held to account for the consequences of leaving more and more people without the care they desperately need.'

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