The Chatty Café Scheme now has over 100 cafes signed up to provide a Chatter & Natter table, creating a space for people to talk; whether it’s for five minutes while you drink a brew, or an hour of good conversation. We’re not trying to build friendships – just simple interactions to combat loneliness and to just maybe have a big impact on someone’s day.
Tax on Pensioners proposed to heal inter-generational divide
Among its recommendations, the Commission proposes that £2.3 billion raised from a new progressive property tax should be used to address gaps in public social care funding. As one element of a new ‘NHS levy’, employee and self-employed National Insurance contributions should be levied on the earnings of workers over the State Pension age, raising £0.9 billion in 2020. As the second element of a new ‘NHS levy’, place a charge that mirrors employee National Insurance contributions on private occupational pension income, but initially at half the main rate and with a higher starting threshold.
The report also calls for the abolition of inheritance tax and its replacement by a lifetime receipts tax with lower rates and fewer exemptions. This should be levied on recipients, with a tax-free allowance to encourage broadly shared inheritances.