90% of Buckinghamshire residents say UK Government needs to rethink social care for the elderly

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90% of residents in Buckinghamshire believe the government needs to seriously rethink how it manages and funds social care for older people in the UK, according to new research.

This compares to the UK average of 87%.

The report also found that nearly a ninth (86%) of people in Buckinghamshire do not think the resources are in place to support a growing older population - a stark reminder of the worries facing those looking ahead to the future.

88% also believe the attitudes towards care of those in later life need to change.

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The number of over 75s is predicted to double in the next 30 years.

Yet, less than a third (31%) of people in Buckinghamshire are comfortable that they are financially prepared for their future care needs, with two in three (62%) saying they worry about how they will fund future social care if they need it.

Crucially when discussing their confidence in the government, only a third (32%) trust that the state will provide for them financially if they have care needs in later life.

Nick Sanderson, Audley Chalfont Dene CEO who commissioned the research, commented: “Social care is an issue which has plagued British politics in recent years and it’s clear that it’s a pressing concern for the majority of people.

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"Inaction from the government and ever-increasing delays on the social care green paper has meant that the public have lost trust that a suitable solution will be offered.

"Boris Johnson has publicly committed to solving the social care crisis, and we need to see his words put into action and genuine change implemented."

The study was commisioned by Audley Villages