Millions at risk in care crisis

Sarah Coles
elderly people in a home
elderly people in a home

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New figures have revealed that two thirds of all councils have cut back the money they are willing to spend on care for elderly people, while at the same time hiking the amount they charge for help in the home and slashing the number of residential places available. It means thousands of people will not get the help they need, while thousands more who currently pay for their own care will see the costs rise dramatically.

So what's going on?