An Age UK review indicates that cuts to social care in England mean that hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people may be left to struggle routinely with inadequate home-based help and care.
Triggle, N. (2017). Frail, elderly people ‘left to struggle alone’. London: BBC Health News, February 16th 2017.
Adult Social Care More Generally
Meanwhile, research from the Local Government Information Unit shows that adult social care is the biggest immediate priority / pressure-point for more than half of all councils.
Adult social care is the biggest pressure on councils. London [Online]: Unison / Local Government Information Unit, February 10th 2017.
Further background information from the BBC:
Reality Check: Who gets social care and who pays for it? London: BBC Health News, February 8th 2017.
March 2017 Update
BBC Panorama has revealed that home care firms have cancelled contracts with almost a hundred UK councils, as they are unable to deliver services for the amount paid.
‘Lack of money’ prompts care firms to end council contracts. London: BBC Health News, March 20th 2017.