Commenting on the latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on social isolation and the experience of social service users, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age said:
“Today’s figures demonstrate that, for those that receive them, social care services help improve lives and may help combat social isolation. But the tragedy is that the figures also show half a million fewer people receiving social care compared to just five years ago, representing at 30% drop - this is fundamental care such as help to wash, dress, eat and go to the toilet. The picture is one of more people going to their councils for help and more going away empty handed. The government could hardly have chosen a worse time to introduce the new Care Act, which makes a greater number of people eligible for services at a time when fewer are in practice getting them”.