The most vulnerable face "neglectful or abusive treatment" because of the poor working conditions their carers have to cope with, a new report has warned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission found workers face inadequate pay and high pressure.
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.
As the report acknowledges, the social care system is under enormous strain, with unprecedented cuts to council funding making it increasingly difficult to meet the escalating demand for care which is being caused by our ageing population. While this means councils have to seek greater levels of efficiency, the quality of care remains the primary concern.
– Chairwoman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board Katie Hall