More than 50,000 die waiting for social care in last 2 years

More than 50,000 people have died waiting for social care despite government promises to fix the system 2 years ago.

It has been 700 days since the Tories promised a Green Paper to reform social care funding.

Over 600,000 have had social care refused by their councils and 7,240 have exhausted their spendings paying for their care.

54,025 have died waiting for social care since this promise, the charity Age UK found. Caroline Abrahams  of Age UK said:

“Their final weeks and months might have been more comfortable, and their families’ lives easier, had they been given more support.”

600 people a week are quitting their jobs to care for loved ones full-time.

Twice the government has put off publishing a green paper on social care reform. The government promised to publish a Green Paper on funding adult social care last autumn, but in the end, it did not materialise, instead, saying that it would be published alongside its NHS Long Term Plan.

In January the NHS Long Term Plan was published, but the Green Paper on adult social care was nowhere to be seen. There has been no word from the government on when it will be released.

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