/span/span div style="float:right;width:305px;display:inline;font-size:13px;font-weight:400;font-style:normal;line-height:16px;" img src="http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/52198000/jpg/_52198778_006806569-1.jpg" width="304" height="171" alt="Woman helping an elderly man to his door"span style="width:304px;"Social care in England needs to be revamped, an independent review says/span /div div class="story-feature related narrow"Related Stories/div p class="introduction" id="story_continues_1"The government is under pressure to consider tax rises and further spending cuts to find the money to pay for the overhaul of social care./p pAn independent review has recommended individual costs be capped at pound;35,000 - a move which would cost pound;1.7bn a year./p pMinisters have said they will consider the proposals, but the Treasury is known to have reservations./p pHowever, both the Dilnot Commission and campaigners are preparing to keep the pressure on in the coming months./p pCommission chairman Andrew Dilnot is urging ministers to act quickly and consider ways extra funds could be found./p pAfter launching his report on Monday, he said he wanted to see the government come forward with a white paper by Easter, paving the way for the introduction of the new system by the end of this parliament./ppMeetings are now being planned with officials about how his proposals would work in practice./p pHe is said to be confident that he will be able to win the argument and wants to use the next few months to "build momentum" around his plans./p div class="story-feature wide "The money questionCouncils spend just over pound;14bn a year on social careThe Dilnot Commission's proposals would require an extra pound;1.7bn a year - a figure which would rise along with the ageing populationThis could be found by making cuts elsewhere. The NHS has already been pinpointed as it has a budget of over pound;100bn and many of its services overlap with social care.Alternatively, pound;3bn a year could be raised through getting those who work past the normal retirement age to pay national insurance contributions or through an across the board rise of 0.25% in contributionsIncreasing the basic rate of income tax by 0.25%, VAT by 0.5% or reducing pension tax relief would bring in pound;2bn a year/div p id="story_continues_2"In a warning to ministers, he said if they did not act before Easter the commission's feelings would move "quickly to disappointment"./p pHis case is being strengthened by having widespread support from charities - some of whom are involved in delivering social care services./p pMore than 20 charities, including Carers UK and Mencap, immediately put their names to a joint statement calling for action./p pIt said: "It is now vital that government sets out a clear timetable for change and does so quickly."/p pMany of them will also be seeking talks with government in the coming months./p pA number of options are being put forward for finding the money. /p pThese include taking money from other departments as the pound;1.7bn represents just 0.25% of total government spending./p pSome argue a precedent has already been set for this as the NHS is earmarking pound;1bn a year from its pound;100bn-plus budget by 2014 to boost services which overlap with social care./p div style="width:280px;float:right;clear:right;font-size:13px;text-align:right;margin-right:20px;"blockquote style="font-weight:bold;font-size:16px;"p class="first-child"ldquo;The government now needs to act on Andrew Dilnot's proposals. Delay would be indefensiblerdquo;/p/blockquotespan class="quote-credit"Michelle Mitchell/span span class="quote-credit-title"Age UK/span /div p id="story_continues_3"It will also be argued that improving social care will help save the NHS money as fewer people will need expensive hospital treatment if they get better access to social care./p pHowever, raising more through taxes or the benefits system will also be put forward./p pAn analysis from Age UK setting out how this could be done has already been handed over to the Treasury./p pIt includes suggestions such as making those working past the normal retirement age pay national insurance contributions. This would raise pound;3bn a year./p pAlternatively a 0.25% rise in contributions across the board would make a similar amount./p pMeanwhile, pound;2bn could be found by either increasing the basic rate of income tax by 0.25%, VAT by 0.5% or reducing pension tax relief./ppFor any of these to happen, cross-party support would almost certainly be needed./p pThe Labour party has already indicated it would be willing to enter talks./p pBut doubts still remain about the appetite for change./p pIn his official response to the Dilnot Commission, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said the proposals would be "carefully considered"./p pBut he acknowledged they would involve "significant cost" and need to be balanced against other funding priorities./p pA spokeswoman for the Treasury refused to be drawn on any of the suggestions./p pBut she said officials would welcome "constructive engagement from all stakeholders"./p pMichelle Mitchell, of Age UK, said: "The government now needs to act on Andrew Dilnot's proposals. Delay would be indefensible."/p pAnd Richard Humphries, of the King's Fund health think-tank, added: "A solution must be found. /p p"What we are talking about is a relatively small proportion of government spending."/ppThis article is from the a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk" title="Link to BBC News"BBC News website/a. © British Broadcasting Corporation, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?a=ev5ufphvxR0:aqSdqFHNQlg:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?a=ev5ufphvxR0:aqSdqFHNQlg:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?i=ev5ufphvxR0:aqSdqFHNQlg:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?a=ev5ufphvxR0:aqSdqFHNQlg:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/bbcnewshealthfullfeed?i=ev5ufphvxR0:aqSdqFHNQlg:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/bbcnewshealthfullfeed/~4/ev5ufphvxR0" height="1" width="1"/