New figures suggest that a growing number of elderly people are turning to alternative care resources other than council-funding care.
According to the Labour party, the total number of people using state-funded elderly care has fallen by 11% in the last two years.
The decline in state-funded elderly care comes despite the rise in the ageing population overall. The number of over adults aged 65 or over within the UK is steadily increasing as people are typically living for longer.
The data, which comes from the Freedom of Information responses of 121 councils, shows that free care provided to the elderly has fallen from 66,342 to 59,056 between 2009 and 2010.
Public sector spending cuts to council funding make it harder for councils to provide enough care for the ageing population. Growing pressures on staff and facilities mean that the care might not be up to the standards which some may expect.
A number of councils have had to seriously tighten their criteria, giving priority to those with the most severe needs ahead others.
The fall in figures could be heavily influenced by this restricted eligibility criteria. Only those with assets below £14,250 can get full funding for their care, those who have to pay for it will face rising fees.
Statistics show that the average fee stood at £13.61 per hour for home care and that a growing number of councils are reducing the amount which a single person can pay in recent years.
The cost of care is increasing and as a number of UK adults are feeling the squeeze under the current economic climate, many are struggling to stump up the cash for much needed care.
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