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Commenting on the chancellor's pre-budget report, Andrew Harrop at Age Concern and Help the Aged, says, "While protecting the NHS budget from the axe, the government has left the care sector in the dark about its future funding, just a few days after a regulator raised serious concerns about the quality of care provided to older people. With huge public spending cuts now likely, people reliant on care services can only fear the worst.   To prevent care services from getting any worse and lives being placed at risk, the commitment to protect health spending must be extended to social care as well as the NHS. Spending from the health budget should be re-prioritised to provide additional funding for the care system. Ministers have said that addressing the crisis in the care system is one of their top priorities, but the chancellor has failed to match this rhetoric with a commitment on funding.”   2,450,000 older people in England have care needs 1.5 million people in England have care and support needs that the state does not meet In England, 340,600 people received home care services in 2008 In the UK, 457,383 people received home care services in 2008 In 2008, there were estimated to be about 394,000 older people out a total of 418,000 people in residential care 146,000 people in residential care pay all their own care costs The UK average annual fee for a single room in a private residential home is £24,492. For a nursing home, it is £35,100 On average, weekly fees for residential care in England are £60 higher than the standard council payment    Long term care: News update: 10 December 2009   Related links Find out more about long term care insurance   What is long term care?   Get a quote for long term care insurance