Our response to cuts in social care
Published on 18 April 2011 05:00 PM
In response to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services survey suggesting adult social care is to see around £1 billion of cuts this year, Michelle Mitchell, Age UK Charity Director, commented:
'The safety of very vulnerable older people is being put at risk by these cuts. Taking services away from the mostfrail and disabled older people is not only inhumane, it is also counter-productive, since costs are simply passed to the NHS.
'Every day, thousands of families are already facing agonising decisions about care for their loved ones. These cuts increase the physical burdens on many family carers - and in some cases the rising charges will also result in service users and their families being forced to pay thousands of pounds extra.
'Local authorities are responsible for looking after the most disabled and vulnerable. Some of these cuts could even prove illegal under disability discrimination laws or under the Human Rights Act if the support people receive falls below the level that people need to live with dignity and in safety.'
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