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Liz Kendall MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, commenting on today's report from the Care Quality Commission that a quarter of home care services in England are failing to meet quality and safety standards, said:

“This report is a reminder of the desperate daily struggle that elderly and disabled people face to get the quality of care and support they need.

“Hundreds of thousands of families rely on these services to help a loved one get washed, dressed and fed each day. Yet growing numbers of vulnerable people are being denied the care they need and charged more for vital support as over £1.3 billion has been cut from local council budgets for older people’s social care under this Government.

“This 'false economy' is failing older and disabled people and the taxpayer too - if people are unable to get the help needed to stay living at home, they will need more expensive hospital care, putting further pressure on the NHS.

“The Government failed to address this growing crisis on Monday, despite Andrew Dilnot's recommendations. A high cap on social care costs does nothing to tackle the problems the system currently faces. Labour has called on Ministers to give £700m from the NHS 'underspend' to social care rather than returning it to the Treasury.

“But we need a far bigger and bolder response to meet the needs of our ageing population: a genuinely integrated NHS and social care system which helps older people stay healthy and living independently in their own homes for as long as possible. This is what Labour’s policy review will address.”

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