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Councils are committed to helping people maintain their independence and dignity in old age and provide the best care they can on limited funds, the Local Government Association has said.
A report from the ECHR criticises the poor working conditions facing carers, which they say can lead to neglect and abuse.
Poor working conditions for carers are leaving the most vulnerable people exposed to "neglectful or abusive treatment" at the hands of those meant to look after them, a new report has warned.
Care workers face a combination of inadequate pay, high pressure and a lack of support for looking after the elderly and disabled, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said.
Despite performing a role similar to a nurse, which requires "significant compassion and skill" and "maturity and resilience", carers are usually perceived to be "lower status".
EHRC commissioner Sarah Veale said conditions were contributing to a "high staff turnover" and were "putting older people's human rights at risk".