Reckless Tory Cuts Damage More Than 2.3 Million Older People With Care Needs
The funding gap continues to grow year on year and quality of care is on a precipice

A new analysis shows that up to 2.3 million older people in the UK are missing out on vital social care to help them with basic tasks, with deprived communities most likely to lose out.

Earlier on November, Jeremy Corbyn criticized members of the Government for displaying “uncaring and uncouth attitudes” as he warned “Over a million of our elderly aren’t receiving the care they need,” due to funding cuts.

Mr Corbyn also asserted that: “Over £6bn will have been cut from social care budgets by next march. I hope the honourable member begins to understand what it’s like to wait for social care, stuck in a hospital bed, while other people have to give up their work to care for them.”

Barbara Keeley, the Shadow care minister warned that the “Cuts to social care since 2010 are set to reach £6.3bn by March 2018, the funding gap continues to grow year on year and quality of care is on a precipice.”

The analysis came amid warnings of intense pressures on the wider health service, as increased demand, tightening budgets and poor working conditions with more than 100,000 NHS jobs remaining empty.

The Health Survey of England 2016 released an analysis which revealed more than 534,000 people in the more deprived areas missed out on help for tasks such as going to the toilet and getting out of bed – which is 110,696 more than in the most affluent neighbourhoods.

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The minister referred to the figures that reinforce the damage that “reckless Tory cuts” are doing to older people with growing care needs.

Mrs Keeley added that there was no money in the Budget to deal with this crisis created in Downing Street, “kicking social care” into the long grass, with no plans to halt the crisis now.

On the other hand, Town hall officials also condemned the lack of funding for adult social care in last month’s Budget and predicted a £2.3bn funding gap by 2020.

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