In an article in the Guardian newspaper, a Unison survey reveals day centres have closed in 57% of areas, as independent report calls for major cultural shift in elderly care.

Elderly woman

Widespread closures and local authority cuts to day centres have led to a crisis in care for the elderly, an authoritative new report for Unison claims.  

A survey of social care workers in more than 100 areas of England, Wales and Scotland for the union – conducted by Dr Catherine Needham, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Management at the Health Services Management Centre – reveals that 57% have seen day centres close down. Services for elderly people were hardest hit, followed by those for people with learning and physical disabilities.

This story was also covered in The Scotsman in their article: 'Budget cuts causing a crisis in care of the elderly, claims Union'