Charities warn over crisis in social care following new laws

Charities are forming an alliance to warn of a crisis caused by the closure of care homes.

The call from the Fair Rate for Care campaign comes ahead of new legislation on 1 April, which aims to raise standards of care. But the legislation may force many homes to close.

The coalition includes charities such as Help the Aged, Leonard Cheshire and Age Concern England, who believe that the Government is underfunding proper care.

"Central government is obliged to provide social care services and, over time, the responsibility for delivering these services has shifted from local authorities to the voluntary sector,

said John Knight, head of external policy at Leonard Cheshire.

"Last year, we spent £5 million of voluntary income on subsidising state services. We've been arguing for similar arrangements for social care as there is for the NHS, and the Government is simply not putting enough money into the system."

- Newsmaker, p11.

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