Health Services and Social Services: Older People

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Age UK briefing, The Health and Care of Older People in England, published in February.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Age UK’s report highlights potential future demand on health and care services because of demographic pressures.

Social care continues to be a key priority for this Government. The Government recognises it is critical in enabling older people to retain their independence and dignity.

This is why, against the context of tough public sector finances, the Government has taken steps to protect social care services.

However, the Government acknowledges that there is currently an immediate pressure on social care. That is why it has brought forward access to £900 million of additional funding for social care over the next two years through the Social Care Precept and Adult Social Care Support Grant.

Local authorities will have access to £7.6 billion of new money for adult social care by 2019/20 – enough to raise spending in real terms over this Parliament.

In addition, the Government has put in place reforms to reduce demands on care services by helping older people remain healthy and independent for as long as possible.

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