Experts warn British govt. against further cuts to social care

A further £1bn in cuts to social care will hit thousands of Britons, experts say.

Over £1bn worth of funding will be taken from social care services in the next year alone, leaving thousands of elderly and disabled people unable to perform basic tasks such as dressing, eating and washing, council care bosses have warned.

This comes as demands rise by the elderly population meaning those receiving a service will now have to accept lower levels of support, according to the report by the experts.

The president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, Ray James said: “short-changing social care is short-sighted and short-term. It must also be short-lived if we are going to avoid further damage to the lives of older and vulnerable people who often will have no one else but social care to turn to. It is vitally important these care and support services are protected”.

ADASS, who produced the report warned this would add to the pressure already put on the NHS echoing opinions by health service leaders who said the NHS would not survive another five years of austerity if no money was put into social care and hospitals.

 

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