In response Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director for Age UK, said:
'This Budget contains some measures of benefit to older taxpayers, most notably the increase in tax-free allowances, but we are very disappointed that no additional investment in social care and NHS was announced today.
'Older people want to sustain their independence at home for as long as possible and good social care and community health services are crucial in helping them to do so.
'Enabling older people to continue living at home if they are frail and coping with long-term health conditions, is not only in their interests, it would benefit the taxpayer and reduce the pressures on our busy hospitals too.
'Unless more funding is made available by central Government, the services that do the most to help older people to feel safe, fit and well at home seem set for further decline and that is a source of serious concern to us, as well as making little policy sense.'