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Reconstruct the bonds between the generations

Churches must think radically about how they can help to alleviate the social-care crisis, says David Candlin

THERE is a crisis in the provision of social care for older people. Public spending on social care (£8.34 billion in 2015-16) has been flat in real terms for ten years. Over the same period, the number of people aged between 65 and 84 has increased by 20 per cent to 8.4 million, and those above the age of 85 by 31 per cent to 1.3 million.

Today, fewer than half the older people who need help with basic tasks such as getting out of bed, washing, getting dressed, and preparing food ...

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