In response to the findings of the ADASS survey on funding and social care, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:

“These deeply worrying results are yet more proof that social care cannot continue to be swept under the carpet and ignored by the government.  In the end, providers handing back contracts to deliver home help and run care home services hits oldest people hardest. It is the frailest and the oldest pensioners who stand to lose most if they can no longer get help to get out of bed, dress, eat, or to get to the toilet. And though we haven't seen another Southern Cross-style collapse, the worry is smaller, independent care homes will get forced out of business, with people in their 80s and 90s placed in the invidious position of having to move to a new home. The Prime Minister talked recently about the great that government can do for the most vulnerable and those at risk of being left behind. We can think of no greater or more urgent need for her to act on these values than fixing social care.”

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