Care is in crisis, national charity warns

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A NATIONAL charity says Northamptonshire will feel the effects of what it calls a “crisis” in social care in England.

Age UK Northamptonshire is asking people to support Age UK’s Care in Crisis campaign, which it has launched following research about funding for older people’s social care.

Age UK says there is a £500m funding gap for older people’s social care.

Its report says that in order to maintain the same levels of service as in 2010, the Government ought to be spending £7.8bn this year. But councils across England have only budgeted £7.3bn in the face of substantial reductions in central government funding.

Liam Condron, Age UK Northamptonshire chief officer, said: “This report shows the depth of the national funding crisis in social care that results in so much misery for older people and those who care for them.

“The report gives the national picture, which we see reflected locally in Northamptonshire which has seen cuts in social care services for older people. This has left older people in the county trying to cope without the help they need.”