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UK on Verge of 'Social Care Crisis', Government Warned

The government has been warned that the nation is on the brink of a "social care crisis" if funding for the elderly care is not improved.

The figures obtained by the Observer showed that more than half of councils tasked with care for the elderly - 77 out of 152 - have had at least one residential and nursing care provider closed in the last 6 months. According to the data, 48 councils have seen at least one company that deals with helping to care for the elderly in their own home forced to close.

Fifty-nine councils requested new care preparations after contracts were considered by the providers to be insufficiently financed to meet the needs required.

A cross-party group of politicians said the social care crisis is real and it is happening nowadays. The Government cannot ignore it any longer if we are to really have a community that works for everybody.

An additional £2.6bn is immediately required to dive the funding gap as the safety and quality of elderly care is at danger and the defenceless will increasingly struggle to get the support they need to meet fundamental needs such as dressing, washing or getting out of bed, the group added.

The chairman of NHS Confederation, Stephen Dorrell said the mini-budget statement of the Chancellor had made him very disappointed because it not said anything about social care. In his view, not to make an investment in social care was a mistake.

A spokesman from the government said that the government is supporting those must in need with a social care package worth £3.5 billion by 2019-20 compared to the £2.9 billion councils said they required. The government have also devolved new powers and funding to local areas so they can incorporate health and social care, deliver better services for older people, and plan for an aged population.

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