The International Longevity Centre (ILC) has presented a damning appraisal of the adult social care services in England. It suggested that there are around 1.8 million people who had unmet care needs.

This claim flies in the face of the assertion made by Chancellor George Osborne who announced in his Spending Review that he was protecting social care budgets. He said he was enabling this by allowing local authorities to raise council tax by 2% as well as increasing the amount of money available for the Better Care Fund, which is finance stream used by councils and the NHS to support care services.

The ILC report said having analysed data from 326 councils it concluded that the regions with the highest concentrations of elderly people would be the least able to raise extra funds. It said that 1.86 million people over the age of 50 in England already had unmet care needs in 2012/13.This represents a rise of 7% since 2006/07.

ILC spokesperson Ben Franklin, said: "The future for adult social care looks bleak. The social care settlement will be insufficient to meet the growing care needs of an ageing population and does little more than paper over the cracks which many of those who are in need of care are already falling through”

Franklin continued "While some will be able to rely on family to support their needs, increased prevalence of unpaid caring may have adverse consequences for those providing support, for the economy as a whole due to reduced employment, and without additional investment may even lead to an erosion in the quality of care provided."

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