Decline in elderly care services provision

A recent survey shows that councils in some of England’s poorest areas are cutting service provision to England’s vulnerable older people to a much greater degree than other councils.

The biggest falls are shown to have generally come in Labour-run councils rather than Conservative-run councils with Liverpool, Manchester, Hackney and East London amongst those with the highest percentage of cuts.

The economic cuts within some councils have led to a tightening of the eligibility criteria for care services, leading to fewer vulnerable adults receiving care which they would have received a couple of years ago.

The charity Age UK believes that the cuts could be forcing a growing numbers of vulnerable older adults to live “frightened, isolated lives” as services which they have depended on are being eroded.