Elderly to be hit even harder as cuts take affect



Social care in England is means-tested –those with savings of more than £23,250 are excluded. In 2005, half of all councils provided support to older people with moderate needs, but that has now dropped to 18 per cent – less than a fifth.

Spending cuts are projected to further reduce spending on older people’s care by £300 million over four years despite the fact two million people have care-related needs.

The report’s author Andrew Harrop, Age UK’s director of policy and public affairs, said: “There has been unprecedented debate on the future of care – both its long-term funding and the ‘transformation’ of council provision today.

“But in the meantime local authority spending decisions have changed the ‘facts on the ground’ with a significant deterioration in services for older people.”


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