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Government support increasing independence

6th January 2006

Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that local authorities have been using funding to improve the quality of life for elderly people within the community.

Despite claims that the government is not providing adequate services for older residents, the report indicates that more help in the home is available and that technology is being used to increase standards of care.

The care services minister Liam Byrne welcomed the news and said that an encouraging number of councils were meeting previously set targets for helping the elderly.

"Older people deserve to get what they want whenever they can," Mr Byrne commented.

"I am delighted to see that a large number of councils are already meeting the 2007/08 target and it is important that the hard work and commitment which social services staff have put into meeting this target is maintained - and built upon."

He also confirmed that £80 million would be provided to social services authorities over the next two years as part of the Preventative Technologies Grant, aimed at supporting elderly people within the community.