This blog was contributed by Jill Mortimer, Policy Adviser at Age UK
When we first started our research for the Age UK Care in Crisis 2014 briefing, we expected to find that there had been some reduction in funding for older people’s social care services, given the continued pressure on public funding.
However, we had hopes that the Better Care Fund announced by the Government last year would put the system on a better financial basis, as well as improve the system by encouraging more joint working between health and social care locally.
And we were encouraged by the Care Bill’s emphasis on health and wellbeing as providing a really good starting point for better supporting older people’s aspirations and needs.
However, our research has shown us that the current social care system is in even deeper crisis than it was when we published our last briefing in 2012.
There have been even more dramatic real-term cuts in the funding available to social care services, despite transfers from the NHS to try and protect services. Continue reading