£3.5bn care cuts mean carers face more pressure with less support
Responding to the new figures, Carers UK said the continuing reductions of local government funds alongside growing need for services is leaving families who are already struggling under impossible pressure.
Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:
“Whilst the Government’s new social care laws and a fund to bring together NHS and social care services have been welcome - these measures are being undermined by massive cuts to local government which are hitting social care services hard. As a result, we face a stark reality of a rapidly rising number of older and disabled people needing social care, whilst fewer and fewer able to access the support they need.
Families are unable to fill the gap left by care cuts. The number of people providing full-time care to loved ones has soared to over 1.4 million, and cuts to the support they receive risks pushing carers to breaking point. This cannot continue, and unless Government acts to place social care funding on a sustainable footing, the future for older and disabled people and families struggling to care for them, is even bleaker still.”