The future for adult social care services in England “looks bleak”

From the BBC news website…….

The future for adult social care services in England “looks bleak”, a think tank has warned.

Chancellor George Osborne announced measures in his Spending Review that would lead to a rise in care budgets.

But the International Longevity Centre said that would only “paper over the cracks” and suggested 1.8 million people had unmet needs for care.

A government spokesman said local authorities had access to an extra £3.5bn to provide more care.

In last month’s spending review, Mr Osborne said he was protecting social care budgets by allowing local authorities to raise council tax by 2% and increasing the amount of money available for the Better Care Fund, a joint pot of money used by councils and the NHS to support care services.

The report by ILC-UK said data from 326 councils indicated that the areas with the highest concentrations of elderly people would be the least able to raise extra funds.

It said the number of over-80s had risen by 800,000 in the last decade.

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