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Social care spending: worrying trends

Never forget, it is a local authority responsibility. This brings a host of additional complications.

By Polly Simpson  

Embargoed to 0001 Thursday February 9 File photo dated 23/02/14 of an elderly person with their walker, as Britain needs to recruit and train 1.6 million low-skilled health and social care workers up to 2022, more than any other job in the country, as part of a post-Brexit action plan for the sector, a think tank has said.

Spending on adult social care in England fell 8 per cent between 2009–10 and 2016–17. Voices from across the political spectrum have argued that services are underfunded and under pressure—especially as the population is ageing.

The current government has responded with planned increases in funding for social care which could enable councils to undo these cuts by 2019–20 if they choose to. But several parties may, in their manifestos, promise further money for social care in England. (Indeed, a leaked version of Labour’s manifesto, which came to…

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