Scottish provider says funding situation is ‘absolutely dire’
“Caring correctly for our ageing population is an issue that will affect everyone at sometime,” says Balhousie Care Group chairman Tony Banks.
“The funding for elderly care comes from several different pots, mainly NHS, social services, housing and government benefits. The Coalition Government has to ensure that funding is not diluted by departmental and council spending cuts.”
His worries were echoed by Andrew Harrop, the head of policy at Age UK, who said state-funded care for elderly people could collapse within four years without a fundamental review of its funding.
“I do not think that localism and the new democracy is going to protect adult social care funding,” said Mr Harrop.
Mr Banks said there was a huge amount of overlap of funding and that there was no real discussion between the different bodies and no individual with overall responsibi