GOVERNMENT IS FAILING THE ELDERLY over cost of care – Gwynne

pollysadultfamilyhomeAndrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, responding to the NFU Mutual survey on 1m family homes sold to fund elderly care, said:

“This Government is failing older people and its plans still leave far too many selling their homes to pay for care.

“David Cameron has been caught offering false reassurances that people won’t pay more than £72,000 or have to sell their homes. This simply isn’t the case.

“More than £1.8 billion has been cut from local council care budgets since this Government came to power. Ministers have unleashed a funding crisis in social and the cap does nothing for people who face a desperate daily struggle to get the support they need right now, with many paying spiralling charges for their care.

“We need a far bigger and bolder response to meet the needs of our ageing population: a genuinely integrated NHS and social care system which helps older people stay healthy and living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. This is what Labour’s policy review will seek to address.”

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