48,000 people currently in residential care were forced to sell their homes to pay for the cost, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.
The figures also show that:
- There were 3,000 more people in residential care this year who were forced to sell their homes – this is the equivalent of 8 homes sold each day
- Almost one third (31%) of the 155,000 self-funders who are in residential care in 2009 were forced to sell their homes to cover the costs
- Since 2005 the number of people in care who have been forced to sell their homes has increase of 23% - an extra 9,000 people
Commenting, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb said:
“This Government’s treatment of older people is its shameful legacy.
“Ministers have turned their backs on thousands of older people who are forced to sell their homes each year to pay for the costs of care.
“The recent Social Care Green Paper was the perfect opportunity to sort this problem out, but yet again Labour has kicked this issue into the long grass.
“We need a complete overhaul of the current unfair system so that people’s homes are no longer considered fair game to cover care bills.
“Whoever wins the next election cannot avoid the fact that we’re facing a crisis in funding for care. What we need is a long-term solution where the state pays its fair share and individuals are encouraged to save for later life.”