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Government 'dodges' elderly care issue

Government 'dodges' elderly care issue
The crisis in social care for the elderly is "a chronic failing of public policy", according to the director of Age UK.

Michelle Mitchell told Central Lobby the problem was getting "worse and worse": "Local authorities are under strong financial pressure. We expect the government not to duck the difficult issue, not to go for incremental reform but go for radical reform as promised."

There are reports the reform of long-term care funding will be left out of next month's Social Care White Paper, leading to accusations the Government is "dodging" the issue.

Ms Mitchell called for the issues not to be "kicked intop the long grass", which would be "a significant betrayal of many vulnerable people in society".

A group of 78 charities and organisations have today written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on him to show "vision and courage" in reforming the system.

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