Age UK report calls for urgent action, including cash injection in spring budget and development of long-term plan Social care in England is at risk of imminent collapse in the worst affected areas unless urgent steps are taken to address the crisis engulfing the sector, Age UK has warned. The charity’s latest report on the healthcare of older people calls for a cash injection into the adult social care system in the spring budget and the development of a long-term solution to a problem that will otherwise become more acute. Analysis previously published by Age UK suggests almost 1.2 million people aged 65 and over do not receive the care and support they need with essential daily activities such as eating, dressing and bathing. That figure has shot up by 17.9% in just a year and almost by 50% since 2010, with nearly one in eight now living with some level of unmet need, it says. Age UK’s charity director, Caroline Abrahams, said the report makes for “frightening reading”, adding:
Contactless charity boxes are set to be widely introduced after a major trial found members of the public donated three times as much when asked to pay with their card.
Organisations including Oxfam and the NSPCC have trialled boxes fitted with the wireless receivers in recent months, meaning the old excuse of “sorry, no change” is no longer an option.
It comes in response to fears about the rise of the cashless society cutting off a lifeline for charities. Cash payments are declining rapidly in Britain thanks to contactless technology, which allows shoppers to quickly pay for a coffee or sandwich simply by tapping their card up to a limit of £30.