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60 per cent of people want Govt To bring in free LTC

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

Government.

The survey of 700 people carried out straight after the general election

on June 7 asked which strategic objectives Chancellor Gordon Brown should

focus on.

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

annuity purchase.

Communications manager Liz Walkington says: “These findings highlight

people&#39s 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.”

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