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Older people and disabled left to fend for themselves

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People who are not deemed eligible for support from local councils often experience a poor quality of life, according to a report from the government’s social care watchdog.
The Commission for Social Care Inspection’s third report on the State of Social Care in England shows many councils are failing to care for younger disabled people and frail older people.

Instead of providing care, they councils are forcing family, friends and voluntary services to look after them instead.

People unable to rely on families or friends and unable to pay for care services themselves are left to cope with everyday life – and some become trapped in their own homes.

The number of older people using services dropped from 867,000 people in 2003 to 840,000 in 2006, while the population aged over 75 increased by nearly 3%.

Fewer households are receiving supported homecare, falling from 479,000 to 358,000, although eligible people often receive more hours of care.

In the report, CSCI estimates that 6,000 older people out of the 2,450,000 with a disability or impairment with high support needs received no services and no informal care.
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