Latest Public Sector News

09.04.13

Elderly paying top-up costs for social care

Thousands of elderly people living in care homes are having to pay top-up fees because of a shortfall between support from local authorities and the price of care.

Research from Age UK demonstrates they are having to ask friends or family to fund around £140 a week extra to meet costs. The number of older people turning to family to pay for care has risen by 4% in the last year and a total of 28% have to supplement the cost of care.

The number of elderly people qualifying for any help dropped by 17% since 2003. Only those with savings less than £14,500 qualify to have all their needs met, with councils paying an average of £480 per week.

That falls well short of the current “fair market range” of between £528 and £623 for different levels of care accepted across the industry.

Michelle Mitchell, director general of Age UK, said: “The underfunding of social care is having a disastrous impact on frail older people and their families.

“A toxic mix of long-term chronic underfunding and more recent austerity cuts to social-care budgets is resulting in local authorities stretching their budgets and paying unfeasibly low fee levels to care homes. This in turn undermines the residential care sector, forcing homes to cut costs.

“This crisis in the funding of social care is rippling through generations and the wider economy, forcing hard-pressed families into traumatic choices, pitting the quality of care provision against the burden of shouldering top-up fees.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@publicsectorexecutive.com  

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-based more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News

comment

Innovation in commissioning services

26/06/2017Innovation in commissioning services

Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovatio... more >
Engaging the voluntary sector: how to make devolution a success

26/06/2017Engaging the voluntary sector: how to make devolution a success

Paul Winyard, senior policy officer at the National Council for Voluntary O... more >

interviews

HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital&rsq... more >

most read

the raven's daily blog

Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

editor's comment

15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NHS, housing to the economy, and, of course, the all-consuming and imminent Brexit negotiations which will have ramifications for generations to... read more >