Government spending on social care is unsustainable, says IEA economist

From: Think Tanks
Published: Wed Nov 24 2021

Professor Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, commented on the Health and Care Bill vote

On Monday night the government's scaled-back plans for more spending on social care were passed. The only opposition was from MPs wanting more money to be spent. However, these proposals will increase the role of the state and government spending on social care.

This is an approach which has been rejected by previous governments - including Labour governments - for good reason. The coming demographic pressures on government finances will lead future generations to regret this move as the taxpayer financing of health, pensions and social care becomes unsustainable.

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