Living longerCarers UK has welcomed the BBC's Living Longer project, exploring the impact of our ageing population, but voiced concerns about the risk of cuts to local care services.
Imelda Redmond CBE, Chief Executive of Carers UK said:
"The fact that people are living longer in the UK is something we should be proud of as a country. However this project highlights how it important it is that public services keep pace with changing demographics.
Years of under-funding of our social care system mean that there are already huge numbers of older and disabled people are going without the care and support they need. Now, with over half of local councils worried about how they can fund care services there is a real risk that essential services for families will be cut. This will undermine the dignity and independence of older and disabled people and put even more pressure on the families who support them.
As we celebrate living longer, we also need to send a clear message to local councils and to the Government – care and support services cannot be cut."
Living Longer coverage will take place throughout the week on BBC local radio, and details of the BBC survey of local councils can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11701181