George McNamara, Director of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:

“The Chancellor’s commitment for an additional £650 million towards social care will only provide a short-lived breathing space to a social care system that is already on its knees.

“Older people are denied access to vital care and are struggling on a daily basis. Tragically this will continue until the Government commits to ending the cuts to social care and delivers the money needed to transform for the long-term.

“We urge the Government to address the vital need for a fully funded system. We believe this can be achieved by introducing free personal care in England ensuring many older people are able to get the care and support they need to live independent lives.”

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