Research by national IFA RJ Temple shows nearly 60 per cent of people
believe free long-term healthcare should be a top priority for the
The survey of 700 people carried out straight after the general election
on June 7 asked which strategic objectives Chancellor Gordon Brown should
Free LTC was the top answer, supported by 54 per cent of men and 66 per
cent of women.
Removing tuition fees for students was the second most popular answer,
with 40 per cent saying this was a key priority. This was the top response
for 54 per cent of 15-24-year-olds and 51 per cent of 35-44-year-olds.
Raising taxes to improve services such as health and education was the
third priority, scoring 27 per cent.
Only 19 per cent of people said that making pension provision compulsory
was a top priority.
Of the total sample, 16 per cent said they would like pension savings to
be more flex-ible but a mere 4 per cent voted to remove restrictions on
Communications manager Liz Walkington says: “These findings highlight
people's desires to improve equality in health and education. They are
willing to pay higher taxes to fund, for example, free long-term care and
the rem-oval of tuition fees.”