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Social Care is 70 Years Old

Highlights from a recent interesting Guardian article:

This year is also the 70th anniversary of the social care system.

The lack of focus on social care was perhaps understandable in 1948 when life expectancy for men was just 66. Seventy years on and so much has changed for the better – but social care’s position as the ultimate Cinderella public service hasn’t, despite almost one in four older people needing help with daily living.

Social care spending was cut by nearly 10% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2016-17. Over that period, the number of over 65s increased by more than a millionAt least 400,000 fewer people were able to access care by 2013-14 – and more than a quarter of social care staff leave every year.

And the problem is not going away. Academics at the London School of Economics project that, between 2015 and 2040, the number of disabled older people will rise by 67%

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