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Care is in crisis. We're fighting to make sure everyone gets the care they need and deserve

Many older people struggle with the care system. Jenny and James talk about their experiences:

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Social care: the crisis is getting worse

7th Mar 2014

Cuts to spending are putting even more pressure on the social care system. Despite a chronically underfunded care system to start with, big spending cuts to local councils have in turn meant reduced spending on social care services.  This has led...

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Protecting older people's human rights - we need government support

5th Mar 2014

Earlier today, Age UK handed its petition into the Department of Health, calling on the government to close a loophole that means some older people receiving care are not directly covered by the Human Rights Act.  It’s an absurd situation. Due to...

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Carers Week 2014

12th Feb 2014

Carers Week 2014 launches today and we want to encourage as many people as possible to take part to help carers across the UK. There are 6.4 million unpaid carers in the UK Every year Carers Week is a chance for us to highlight the amazing contribution...

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Two older ladies sitting together Help us protect older people from abuse

15th Jan 2014

Imagine two people who live next to each other in a care home – one pays for their own care, the other has their care arranged by their council. Did you know that only one of these people has the full protection of the law from abuse and neglect? It...

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Help protect our human rights Help protect our human rights

3rd Dec 2013

Katherine Hill, Age UK's Strategy Adviser for Equality and Human Rights, tells us more about the amendment in the Care Bill we're supporting to protect Human Rights. Back in October the House of Lords voted in favour of a very important amendment to...

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Ann's story Money’s too tight to mention: finances of paying for mum’s care

20th Nov 2013

Ann’s mum lives in a nursing home. From the moment she started getting ill, Ann has helped manage her mum’s money and payments. She talks us through what happened: It is 2004 and my mum has dementia. She needs residential care and I know nothing about...

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Reading a book Self funders must be supported

10th Oct 2013

The LGiU is an award-winning think-tank and membership organisation. Our mission is to strengthen local democracy to put citizens in control of their own lives, communities and local services. Deciding how to pay for care can be a difficult and stressful...

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What is Care in Crisis?

What is this campaign all about? Why is the social care system in crisis? What have we done so far?

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Woman who needs care

Thinking about care

Guide to social care budgets

From organising a care assesment to paying for care at home, we have a number of resources to help you.

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Advice for carers

If you are providing care for someone you know, it's important to keep your own health in check.

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