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High Peak MP talks ‘social care crisis’ with Salvation Army

Ruth George MP pictured with residents and the home manager, when she visited The Hawthorns on Wednesday, pictured from left, is Mrs George, Irene Dale, Helen Bentley and Geoff Tordoff.
Ruth George MP pictured with residents and the home manager, when she visited The Hawthorns on Wednesday, pictured from left, is Mrs George, Irene Dale, Helen Bentley and Geoff Tordoff.

A charity which operates a Buxton care home has expressed concern about the rising number of over-75s who cannot afford their own care.

High Peak Labour MP Ruth George visited The Hawthorns last week at the invitation of the Salvation Army.

The Hawthorns’ service manager, Helen Bentley said: “The gap in funding between what the local authority contributes and the cost of care we provide is widening all the time and it’s just going to get worse as more people live longer but less of them have any property or savings to pay for residential care.”

Mrs George responded: “As the social care funding crisis deepens it’s hard to see how The Salvation Army can continue to offer the level of care they currently do for the most vulnerable older people.

“It’s an issue we should all be concerned about in an ageing population and I will certainly be raising it with my parliamentary colleagues.”