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Charity makes funding plea for care of elderly

Almost two-thirds of people over the age of 50 think the government treats elderly people badly, according to a new poll.

The survey for the charity Age UK found 63% believe older people are treated poorly, with 74% of those saying low standards in social care are to blame.

Some 70% of those aged 50 to 64 said they did not feel confident that older people receiving care services are treated with dignity and respect.

The poll of more than 900 adults comes as Age UK urges the government to do more to tackle problems in the sector.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said the survey showed how strongly people feel “about our creaking social care system”.

She added: “The core of the problem is that funding for social care has failed and is still failing to keep up with ever increasing demand, putting the whole system is on the verge of collapse.

“The government deserves credit for bringing forward long overdue reforms to the social care system that could make a real difference if properly implemented, but we are worried that the social care ’ coat’ being designed for 2016 is being cut to the inadequate ‘cloth’ that the Treasury is allocating.

“A great new system on paper is pointless unless there is sufficient funding in place.”

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