A government minister has suggested that the sharp fall in the number of disabled and older people receiving council-funded care packages is simply caused by local authorities no longer offering “non-statutory” services like meals on wheels. David Mowat, the minister for community health and care, was giving evidence to the communities and local government select committee’s inquiry into adult social care. He was asked by Tory MP Mark Prisk to explain figures which showed the number of people supported by Newcastle city council plunging from 9,780 to 5,200 since 2010-11. Those figures were passed to the committee by the council at an earlier session of its inquiry, in October. Tony Kirkham, the council’s director of resources, told the committee in October that the fall would continue, and that he had been told his council was now “trying to prevent deterioration rather than actually helping people thrive… we are asking people to do much more for themselves.” Prisk told Mowat this week:

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