Figures reveal rising cost of social care for older people in the East Riding

The cost of providing social care for older people in the East Riding has risen in recent years despite an apparent drop in demand, figures reveal.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 3:25 pm
NHS Digital data shows the average weekly cost of residential or nursing care for over-65s was £683 in 2019-20. Photo: PA Images

Care groups hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s failure to detail long-promised social care reforms in the recent Queen’s Speech.

NHS Digital data shows the average weekly cost of residential or nursing care for over-65s was £683 in 2019-20.

Three years earlier, that same cost was £496 in real-terms, meaning a care home place cost roughly £9,700 more per year in 2019-20.

There were around 13,100 new requests for local authority support for people aged 65 and over in the East Riding in 2019-20, the figures reveal, although that was down from 17,095 in 2016-17.

Overall, the council in the East Riding of Yorkshire spent £70.3 million on care for older people in 2019-20.

Chairman of the Independent Care Group Mike Padgham said older and vulnerable people have been betrayed and reform has been “pushed down the road”, while Labour leader Kier Starmer said it was “unforgiveable” that a plan was not laid out in the speech.

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman previously said: “Improving the adult social care system remains a priority for this government and we will bring forward proposals later this year to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

Article by data reporter Katie Williams