Age UK estimates that growing numbers of vulnerable elderly people are unable to access social care. Over 800,000 older people are thought to lack vital help, whether in their homes or in care homes.
Age UK’s analysis indicates that the proportion of over-65s receiving help has fallen by a third since 2005-6. Fewer than 900,000 over-65s (10% off people in that group) received help in 2013, compared with 15% seven years earlier.
“Just 13% of local authorities now provide help to people with moderate needs compared with nearly half in 2005-6”.
The report indicates that – despite rising demand – the amount spent on social care services for older people has dropped by over £769m since 2010. The government is re-directing funding from the NHS into adult social care via the Better Care Fund to compensate for falling council budgets.
Triggle, N. (2014). Many vulnerable people denied care, says Age UK. London: BBC Health News, March 6th 2014.
This relates to:
Care in crisis: what’s next for social care? London: Age UK, January / March 2014.
Also of interest, the BBC News commentary on a recent National Audit Office report:
Buchanan, M. (2014). Adult social care ‘under pressure’, report says. London: BBC Health News, March 13th 2014.