Council cuts 'lead to postcode lottery of care'

Council cuts 'lead to postcode lottery of care'

Council cutbacks on the care of older people, such as that on assisted living services, underline "an unacceptable postcode lottery of care", according to the Alzheimer's Society.

An investigation by the BBC revealed that adult social care spending is to fall by 4.7 per cent to £3.4 billion in the North during the next year. In contrast, this spending will rise by 2.7 per cent to £3.33 billion in the South.

Andrew Chidgey, head of policy and public affairs at the dementia charity, said that the consequence of these changes will be "huge".

"A more permanent solution to fix the broken funding system is needed. As the population ages the number of people with dementia will double and costs triple. We cannot afford to ignore this issue," he said.

Meanwhile, the government is likely to take on board some of the proposals made by a Law Commission report into support for older and disabled individuals and their carers.

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