“These figures confirm that older people in particular are being affected by the cuts to council funding. We already know that over two million older people living at home in England experience difficulties with key aspects of living independently, such as bathing, dressing and cooking. Our society is ageing and a greater demand is being placed on care services that councils provide such as meals on wheels and care at home. Without an honest debate about the true costs of social care, we are worried that the cuts will continue to have a negative impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in society.”
About Independent Age:
Founded over 150 years ago, Independent Age is a growing charity helping older people across the UK and Ireland through the ‘ABC’ of advice, befriending and campaigning. We offer a free national telephone and email advice service focusing on social care, welfare benefits and befriending services. This is supported by our free Wise Guide series of practical handbooks, and wide range of printed guides and factsheets. We also provide on-the-ground, local support, provided by a network of over 1,500 volunteers offering one-to-one and group befriending.