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Inequality Social care needs going unmet for millions of elderly people

MORE than two million elderly people could be living with unmet social care needs, according to a Labour Party study published today.

An estimated 2.3 million older people in England are affected, analysis of data from last year’s Health Survey for England shows.

The statistics, released by NHS Digital, also reveal that deprived areas have significantly higher unmet social care needs than affluent regions.

There were over 100,000 (110,696) more people in the most deprived areas living with unmet need than in the most affluent.

Shadow social care minister Barbara Keeley said: “These figures reinforce the damage that reckless Tory cuts are doing to older people with growing care needs.”

She warned that, by March next year, £6.3 billion will have been cut from social care funding since 2010.

“The funding gap continues to grow year on year and quality of care is on a precipice,” Ms Keeley added.

The annual survey investigates changes in the health and lifestyles of people all over the country, interviewing some 8,000 adults and 2,000 children each year.

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