Care for elderly to spiral with cuts

Elderly and vulnerable people will face increased costs to their care as councils face budget cuts.

More than 80 per cent of councils are increasing care charges, according to a survey carried out by shadow health minister Emily Thornberry.

The survey asked 154 directors of adult social services in local councils what their plans were for the future of care. Of the respondents to the survey, 63 per cent were closing care homes or day centres, and 16 per cent were increasing eligibility criteria for care from this financial year.

More than half of the councils were cutting the voluntary sector this year, with a further 24 per cent considering it in the future.

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