Elderly services part of £6bn of cuts
People choosing a care home could bear the brunt of £6 billion worth of cuts to council-run services in England.
An investigation by the Financial Times revealed that the bulk of the cuts will affect services for children and older people, as local authorities review their spending.
Between 2011 and 2012, the NHS has been made to devote £800 million to plugging the funding gap in adult social care services, but the investigators believe this will not be enough to cater for the ageing population.
The Department for Communities and Local Government told the newspaper: "Innovative councils are showing that billions can be saved by sharing back-office services, joining forces to procure, cracking down on senior pay and tapping into the £10bn that they hold in reserves."
It follows controversy in Durham after the Northern Echo reported that local people are outraged over the local authority's plan to sell five old people's homes.