Age UK: 50,000 elderly have died waiting for social care package

Ministers accused of being ‘in denial’ about perilous state of local authority finances

More than 50,000 people have died waiting for care while ministers dither over long-awaited plans to overhaul the funding of social care, a charity has claimed.

Age UK estimated that 54,000 people – or 77 a day – have died while waiting for a care package in the 700 days since the government first said in March 2017 it would publish its social care green paper, which has since been delayed several times.

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