Long term care funding 'must be protected'
Providers of long term care in the West Midlands have urged the government to protect vital funding for older people.
Midland Heart and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust have said it is vital to ring-fence local authority care funding, in order to give older people the best chance of accessing quality housing and care, the Birmingham Mail reports.
Lord Morris of Handsworth, who joined the appeal at the House of Lords, said good quality of life comes from housing, independent living and the right amount of care.
"The number of older people in our society is growing and so will the demand on housing and care," the newspaper reports him as saying.
"People should have choices that promise a quality of life which they can look forward to with optimism as they grow older."
It follows news reported by the Wokingham Times that a day care centre in Woodley has been saved after receiving a major grant from the government.