Following the Spending Review by Chancellor George Osborne, Stephen Burke the director of Good Care Guide comments as follows: “The Chancellor has failed to tackle the growing care crisis. Increases of up to 2% in council tax and in the Better Care Fund are completely inadequate to meet the funding gap in care for older and disabled people. They will make the care system even more of a lottery.

“With an ageing population and rising demand for care, shrinking budgets mean that many more elderly people will go without help. They will be forced to pay for care themselves, or rely on family and friends for help, or struggle on their own. There will be a massive impact on the NHS as more older people will need hospital and emergency care.

“There is now the very real prospect of the mass closure of care homes and home care providers because of the continued squeeze on fees paid by councils. There will be huge consequences for older people and for the NHS.

“By 2020 the care crisis will force the vast majority of older people needing care and their families to fend for themselves. There will be no security of care for those who need it most.”