Social care budget is cut by £610m28th June 2011
Information collected by Age UK has revealed that funds for social care for the elderly have been reduced by £610 million annually as part of government reforms.
The data collected by the charity showed care budgets for older people have been decreased by 8.4% over the last year.
In 2009/10 councils spent £872 per head on people aged above 65, in 2010/11 they spent £864, while in 2011/12 the expenditure decreased to £791.
The research found that in 2011/12 councils' planned net expenditure for each elderly person who requires care was reduced to £2,335 from £2,548 in 2010/11 and £2,573 in 2009/10.
The charity discovered that service charges were either on the increase or were being applied for the first time at 61 councils.
They said a minimum of 27 councils were saving money by decreasing personal budgets or domiciliary care packages, which meant that elderly people who need care will be given fewer hours of support.
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said: "Funding for social care is already inadequate and the system today is failing many older people at the time when they really need help."
"We are fearful that even more vulnerable older people will be left to struggle alone and in some cases lives will be put at risk. We anticipate these cuts will condemn many more older people to a miserable existence behind closed doors struggling to keep safe and well."
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Title: Social care budget is cut by £610m
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 18939
Date Added: 28th Jun 2011