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Liz Kendall MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, said in response to AgeUK's report on increasing costs for self funders in residential care:

"Older people who pay for residential care themselves are facing huge increases in care home charges, because the Government's cuts are forcing local councils to freeze how much they pay for those getting state funded care.

"Thousands of self-funders are ordinary people on middle incomes. They have worked hard and saved all their lives and are now being forced to sell their homes to pay for their care, through no fault of their own.

"The Government is out of touch on this issue and in denial about the real impact their cuts are having on the ground. More than £1 billion has been cut from local council budgets for older people's social care since the Coalition Government came to power.

"We urgently need a better, fairer way to fund care for older people. Cross party talks on this issue, which Labour called for, are now underway. Labour is pressing for legislation in this Parliament, because older people and their families cannot afford any more delay."

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