Care residents join lobby of Parliament

Actor and presenter Tony Robinson lends support to the Jewish Care group

Actor and presenter Tony Robinson lends support to the Jewish Care group

Jewish Care residents and staff joined more than 1,000 people at Tuesday's Crisis in Care lobby at the Houses of Parliament, voicing their concerns over the care of the elderly.

The Jewish Care group included 82-year-old Sadie Simmons, a resident at Rubens House, Finchley. She said the charity "provides me with great support. But I am very concerned about what happens to my daughter and son-in-law, who are in their 60s. What will happen to them when they need care? I want to make the government aware that we need their continued support."

Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris pointed out that, because of significant cuts in central government funding to local authorities, councils had "reduced their spending on older people's social care by £671 million". Charities were left to make up the shortfall.

"With many people in our community facing difficulty in accessing care due to financial constraints, we wanted to draw attention to the plight of older people.

"We hope the government commits to closing the funding gap in social care and ensures funding continues to increase in line with future growing demand."

    Last updated: 7:42pm, March 8 2012