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Social care: Fewer care home beds than 2 years ago

An investigation by ITV Meridian has discovered that there are now hundreds of fewer care home beds in Kent and Sussex than two years ago - and the numbers are continuing to decline.

Experts have warned that a financial squeeze is choking the industry - storing up problems for future generations. Sarah Saunders has our special report.

The interviewees are: Adam Hutchison, Kent Integrated Care Alliance; Nadra Ahmed, National Care Association; Colin Page-Mitchell, the son of Margery Page-Mitchell; Mandy Page-Mitchell, daughter-in-law of Margery Page-Mitchell; Linda Astell, a former care sector employee; and Geoffrey Bowden, Healthwatch Brighton and Hove.


Kent County Council defend cuts

Children in care, the vulnerable and the elderly - the groups hardest hit today, as the region's biggest local authority revealed more cutbacks.

Kent County Council says it has to save sixty millon pounds - that's on top of tighter budgets and previous job losses.

The proposals include cutting 18.8 million pounds from the adult social care budget, axing 8.6 million from the children's budget, and losing 500 council workers. That's on top of the 1,000 or so jobs lost last year.

Fred Dinenage interviewed John Simmonds from Kent County Council about the cuts.