The government must address the crisis in adult care

Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has today (6th March 2014) said that Age UK’s report into adult care ‘reveals shocking truths’ about the governments care plans.

Age UK’s report into care for people aged over 65 has revealed that the number of people receiving support has fallen by a third.

Tom said: “Age UK’s devastating report shows the true scale of the care crisis unfolding under this government.

“The number of people aged 85 and over, the group who are most likely to need care, has risen by 30% between 2005 and 2014 yet there has been no extra funding.

“Age UK estimates that 800,000 elderly people are going without the care that they need, they partly put this down to the ‘deep cuts’ in government funding since 2010.

“The central government cuts have forced the vast majority of councils to withdraw care from elderly people who struggle with everyday tasks such as getting up in the morning, bathing, preparing meals or going shopping.  Many councils are now only able to help elderly people with ‘substantial’ needs.

“The failure to provide decent care and support for elderly people is simply unacceptable in the 21st century. Labour’s plan to integrate NHS and social care is the real reform we need to ensure all elderly people get the decent care and support that they deserve”

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