Independent Age's 2017 budget representation to HM Treasury

Document type
Discussion paper
Corporate author(s)
Independent Age
Publisher
Independent Age
Date of publication
1 September 2017
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Health Services, Older Adults
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Report

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Independent Age believe that the 2017 Autumn Budget needs to address key challenges in health and social care. This submission also addresses some of the big challenges that still exist in terms of pensioner poverty and the benefits system.

Social care remains chronically underfunded. The latest available figures on the reduction in the numbers of adults in receipt of local authority-funded social care revealed that 26 per cent fewer older people were receiving care and support in 2013/14 compared with five years earlier. The situation since then has grown ever more acute with the Care Quality Commission highlighting that the social care system in England is reaching a ‘tipping point’.

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