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Age UK calls for ‘big cash injection’ for social care ahead of Spending Review

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Age UK has called for a “big cash injection” for social care in Wednesday’s Spending Review.

A major new report from the charity, ‘The Health and Care for Older People in England 2019’, says “very substantial additional investment” is required in 2020/21 to avoid the risk of complete collapse of some services.

The report says there is a “desperate need” for a long term plan for the sector and the funding to match as is already in place for the NHS.

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Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “Our new report paints a frightening picture of where our social care system is heading unless the Government intervenes quickly and decisively to arrest its spiralling decline. When you strip out the complexity the story is really very simple: demand is going up but funding and supply are going down, leaving increasing numbers of older people to fend for themselves, rely on loved ones if that’s an option for them, or pay through the nose via a hefty stealth tax without which many care homes would not stay afloat.”

The report reveals a system under “extreme duress” with 58 Directors of Adult Social Care Services reporting at least one care home closure in 2018.

The number of elderly people with unmet needs grew to 1 in 7 in 2018 (1.4m people) from 1 in 8 in 2016, according to Age UK.

Total net expenditure on the sector, including additional funding and means tested contributions, fell by half a billion pounds in real terms to £21.7bn in 2017/18 from 2010/11, the report reveals.

Meanwhile, the sector increasingly relies on cross-subsidy with private funding costing 41% more than local authority funded care.

Age UK reveals that funding has failed to keep pace with rising demand with spending per head falling by almost a fifth between 2010/11 and 2017/18.

More than half the 1.32m new requests for care from elderly people in 2017/18 resulted in no service being provided or people being referred elsewhere, the report says.

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  1. I agree wholeheartedly with the Age UK report, but this is in so far as it goes, for the elderly are not the only sector in dire need of Social Care.

    It is, currently the largest area, but other are fast approaching and could well, in the near future, go ahead of the elderly sector.

    The report states that not all elderly referrals result in social care being provided and this is even more so in these other areas.

    This Government has promised £1.5 billion for Social Care, but to relate to the 2009/2010 levels this would require at least £8 billion and the rate of increase in need is forever increasing.

    The lack of Social Care is impacting on Health and the delivery of health care and this again will only increase.

    I can see the day and it is not far away when there will be no Social Care, because the system will have collapsed.

    I was going to say that the only action currently is Brexit, but even there the I agree wholeheartedly with the Age UK report, but this is in so far as it goes, for the elederly are not the only sector in dire need of Social Care.

    It is, currently the largest area, but other are fast approaching and could well, in the near future go ahead of the elderly sector.

    The report states that not all elderly referrals result in social care being provided and this is even more so in these other areas.

    This Government has promised £1.5 billion for Social Care, but to relate to the 2009/2010 levels this would require at least £8 billion and the rate of increase in need is forever increasing.

    The lack of Social Care is impacting on Health and the delivery of health care and this again will only increase.

    I can see the day and it is not far away when there will be no Social Care, because the sytem will have collapsed.

    I was going to say that the only action currently is Brexit, but even there is no movement.

    For Social Care to be really looked at Brexit needs to be concluded and that means no extension.

    This Parliament is in stalemate and a General Election is urgently required to impact momentum.

    So, Parliament, hopefully today agree to a General Election so that Brexit can be finalised on 31 October 2019.

    If not all the remainers could well be responsible for the demise of Social Care.re is no movement.

    For Social Care to be really looked at Brexit needs to be concluded and that means no extension.

    This Parliament is in stalemate and a General Election is urgently required to impact momentum.

    So, Parliament, hopefully today agree to a General Election so that Brexit can be finalised on 31 October 2019.

    If not all the remainers could well be responsible for the demise of Social Care.

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