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Social care funding crisis leaves 400,000 without care

The ‘alarming’ funding gap in social care has resulted in at least 400,000 fewer people in England receiving the care they need. The Health Foundation called on the next Government to pay ‘immediate attention’ to England’s struggling social care system, which faces a funding gap of £2.1bn by 2019/20. The Health Foundation’s research found 400,000 fewer people received publicly funded care in 2012/13 than in 2009/10, due to falling funding and local authorities being forced to tighten the eligibility criteria for free social care. It also revealed that in 2015/16 the number of people aged 65 and over living in England increased by 2% (around 170,000 people), yet the number of them receiving social care fell by the same amount. The Foundation’s report, entitled NHS and social care funding: three unavoidable challenges, warned the elderly will face huge social care costs in the future. It said one in 10 older people face future lifetime costs of over £100,000 for their social care needs.

‘Lack of money’ prompts care firms to end council contracts

Care firms have cancelled contracts with 95 UK councils, saying they cannot deliver services for the amount they are being paid, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. Some firms said they could not recruit or retain the staff they needed. The Local Government Association said it was the result of “historic under-funding” and an ageing population.

Nursing bears brunt of NHS clampdown on agency spending

The majority of savings made by the NHS so far on agency staff have come from nursing, according to regulators, who admit that more needs to be done to curb spending on locum doctors. NHS Improvement said trusts had made progress in reducing agency spend from £3.7bn in 2015-16 to roughly £3bn this financial year.

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