As the government struggles with the social care budget the true scale of the problem is highlighted by the Local Government Association.
As part of their review of possible alternative ways to pay for the care of our ageing population a recent review indicated that ‘The numbers of elderly people going without care, paying for it themselves or relying on family and friends currently outstrip those getting council help by four to one.’
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Nine out of 10 councils in the UK are failing to pay realistic prices to support older and disabled people in their own homes, the industry says.
The UK Home Care Association calculated the minimum price councils should be paying was £16.70 per hour, but the average was over £2 less.
Councils said they had been left with little choice given the squeeze on their finances by the government.
But the UKHCA said the situation was threatening the future of the market.
It warned agencies were struggling to recruit staff and maintain quality, noting growing numbers of organisations were handing back contracts to councils. For more information on this story visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37756433
A new dementia atlas, published by the government, reveals patchy NHS care for the condition across England.
While some regions on the map appear to meet national standards in terms of offering regular reviews and support, others fall short, says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
He said tackling the disease was a key priority and the new atlas should drive improvements.
Charities said the “postcode lottery” of care was unacceptable.
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