Adult care spending drops in north, increases in south

Posted on 12 May 2011

Councils in the south are investing money in adult social care while those in the north are making cutbacks, it has been found, which is likely to affect those choosing a care home.

An investigation by the BBC uncovered that adult care spending in the north is due to fall by 4.7 per cent to £3.4 billion in the north, while rising by 2.7 per cent to £3.33 billion in the south.

Andrew Chidgey, head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer's Society, said that this investigation underlines "an unacceptable postcode lottery of care".

"While some councils are recognising the dangers of not investing in adult social care, others are not. The consequences will be a huge bill when hundreds of thousands need crisis care later," he continued.

This follows research from Newcastle University which found that the number of care home spaces in the UK needs to increase by 82 per cent by 2030.

Some 630,000 extra beds will be needed by 2030, as the over-85s population is continuing to increase, meaning more people will be opting for care homes.

Posted by Nigel Murphy



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