Commenting on HSCIC statistics on expenditure on adult social care, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:

 “These figures show that over the last five years, spending on adult social care has fallen by 8% in real terms, despite the rapid rise in the number of people living longer lives.

“Yesterday’s Spending Review was an opportunity for the Government to arrest the chronic decline in support available to older people, and set out a bold and ambitious vision for social care.

“But the reality is that plans to allow councils to increase council tax by 2% will not raise nearly enough money to plug the funding gap and fix a looming crisis in care for older people.”

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