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State funding of elderly care in England has fallen by 40% in five years

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3253 (Published 12 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3253
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

England has seen an “unprecedented” fall over the past five years in the number of people aged 65 or over who receive social care packages, despite a rise in the need for such services, delegates to a seminar on the care of older people heard on 9 June.

Speaking at the Westminster Health Forum’s keynote seminar on improving care for older people in London, José-Luis Fernández, principal research fellow and deputy director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said that care packages funded by local authorities in England for people aged 65 or over had plummeted since 2009-10.

“There has been a very steep decrease in the absolute numbers of people receiving services over the past five years,” he said. “When you control for the demographic effect, where more people are in …

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