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Government cuts 'to affect social care'

Government cuts 'to affect social care'
6th December 2012

The Autumn Statement delivered by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne is going to have a negative impact on social care, according to the Alzheimer's Society.

Mr Osborne announced local authority budget cuts of two per cent that will take effect from 2015 in a speech to parliament yesterday (December 5th).

Chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society Jeremy Hughes stated this is going to have a "devastating" impact on social care in the UK.

"Many people are already being forced to go without essential support and care they rely on to live well," he said.

Mr Hughes added the body is aware of the need for austerity at this time, but stated the cuts announced by the government are going to increase the pressure on the NHS.

His comments come only a few days after a warning in a report from the King's Fund which claimed that the NHS is facing "treacherous waters" in the future, despite the fact it is currently performing to a good standard.

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