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BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 05 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h601

Care spending on elderly people in England is down by a fifth: Spending on social care for people aged 65 or over fell by 20% in England over the past 10 years, an analysis by the BBC has found. The research showed that £1188 (€1580; $1800) was being spent in 2003-4 per person aged 65 or over. By 2013-14 that had fallen to £951. George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society, said, “We urge all three parties to take action to address the historical underfunding of social care and respond to the challenges of an ageing population.”

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