10 | Grey Pride: A manifesto
• One in three women and one
in four men will need care at
some point in their life.
• 1.22million people aged 65 and
over received state funded
care in 2008. This fell to
900,000 in 2012.
• Only one in 13 men and one in
seven women will benefit from
care fees being capped at
£72,000 per person.
• Most people will have to spend
up to £140,000 on care costs
before qualifying for the cap.
• 61% of informal carers have
faced depression because of
• 49% of informal carers are
50%have no idea
a week in
a care home costs
Priority: Care in crisis
Many will agree that social care is in
crisis. Demographic change means it is
likely to worsen.
According to Ready for Ageing, public
expenditure on social care and continuing
health care for older people may have to
rise to £12.7bn in real terms by 2022 just to
While the Care Act 2014 is a step in the
right direction it does not go far enough
and serious questions remain over its
implementation. The planned £72,000 care
cap is not, in reality, a cap. It only covers the
rate that local authorities are willing to pay.
As Age UK has observed, this continues to
be below what good quality care actually
costs. The National Audit Office highlighted
that between 2009/10 and 2013/14 rates
authorities pay for care homes rose by five
per cent less than the cost of providing the
Much of what people pay, such as
accommodation and meals costs, will not
be covered by the cap. The Institute and
Faculty of Actuaries said that, in reality, older
people will have to spend around £140,000
on average across England on long-term
care costs before reaching the cap. This can
increase to around £250,000 for someone in
care for 10 years.
There is also a postcode lottery. A 2013
survey of local authority directors found the
maximum fees that local authorities pay for
an older person to spend a week in a care
home vary widely, from £331 to £1,082.
Fewer and fewer people are receiving state
support for care despite there being a 14%
increase in demand for support. Over the