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A car crash waiting to happen is how the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has described the governments failure to Ring-fence Resources for Eldery Care

A car crash waiting to happen is how the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has described the government’s failure to ring-fence new funding for councils to spend on elderly care services, including 24-hour residential nursing care.

RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell expressed no surprise today at House of Commons research figures showing that, despite previous government assurances that it was giving councils a ‘real terms’ increase to spend on social care by 2014-15, the fact that there was no ring-fencing of the cash means the money has been diverted

The figures reveal that since the coalition government came to power, as much as £1.3 billion has already been removed from councils’ elderly care budgets. Commented Mr Ursell: “Almost a year ago to this very day we warned against the government’s naïve posturing on future spending on services for frail and vulnerable older people. We said that a failure to ring-fence the money would lead to cashstrapped councils snatching any additional resources they received for elderly care and using it to protect their other services from the impact of massive government
cuts in grants.”

He added: “It gives the RNHA and its members no pleasure at all to say ‘told you so’. The government, it seems, wants to blame the councils. The councils will no doubt want to blame the government. In the meantime, the people who will suffer are the older people who will be denied the care they need or will not receive the quality of care they deserve.

“We call on the government today, as we called on it exactly one year ago, to recognise its fatal error and to ring-fence any resources it makes available to councils for elderly care.

“If things carry on at this rate, budgets for meeting the nursing and social care needs of older people are likely to fall in real terms by at least 20% over the next three years when the effects of inflation are also taken into account.”