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:
MPs were warned today that growing demand, new burdens and significant budget cuts meant that additional funding for adult social care was too little, and would
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Today, a coalition of more than 80 of the country’s leading charities has warned that the results of a report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England, is further evidence of a crisis in social care.
The report issued today by the CQC shows that 41% of providers in England were rated as inadequate or require improvement*. The CSA believe that this an inevitable result of year on year cuts in social care, which has led to chronic underfunding in the area. Councils have been forced to reduce what they pay to care providers and this has a direct impact on services.
Councils in England report that around £4.6bn has been taken out of the social care system since 2010. The CSA is clear that without additional funding social care will get worse. Further providers will exit the market and soon people may find there is no care available of any quality.
Chair of the Care and Support Alliance, Vicky McDermott, said:
“Over 40% of providers are delivering a poor standard of care and support, which is impacting on the lives of hundreds and thousands of older and disabled people who need support just to do the basics – like getting up or out of the house.
We need the Government to make a significant investment in social care at the Spending Review next month. The Chancellor should use that opportunity to address the chronic underfunding in care. Doing nothing is simply not an option if this country is to honour its obligations to older and disabled people, and their carers.”
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