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Frail old people in England are being left to fend for themselves because government-funded care is being scaled back, a review suggests.

The number of over-65s being helped by councils had fallen by a quarter in the four years to 2014, the joint King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust report said. This was despite more people needing help, because of the ageing population. Ministers said they were taking measures to address the problems. But the report goes on to highlight the growing numbers left with no care or having to pay for support themselves. The report has been released on the day the BBC publishes an online guide to care, which details the costs people face wherever they live in the UK. Care is means-tested, with only the poorest getting help to pay for services, including help in the home for daily tasks such as washing and dressing, as well as round-the-clock support in care homes and nursing homes. This news story was taken from the BBC News site. Please click here to find out more.
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