Cuts Watch #267: Over-75s
The cuts will be hardest for people aged over 75, according to independent research released today by Age U.K. The charity reveals that, by 2014/5, the poorest people in this age group face service cuts worth £2,030 – equal to one-third of their incomes. People in the 65 – 74 age group will lose an average £1,870 of services, equal to 29 per cent of their incomes.
The groups who will lose out most are older pensioners and young families with children – families with children because of education cuts, older people because of cuts in social care and housing. Age UK warns that if the government cuts social care funding by 25 per cent they will leave half a million “of the most frail and vulnerable older people without the vital home-based care they rely on to stay safe and well.”