Councils have made it harder for the elderly to stay in their own homes by increasing charges for basic support services such as shopping and laundry.
New research reveals that budget restraints mean that thousands of pensioners who need help with cleaning or feeding are no longer receiving it free.
They face a battery of tests to determine their ‘eligibility’ for care in spite of the fact that the vast majority have been paying council tax for years.
A survey to be published on Wednesday by the charity Counsel and Care will show that in the past year councils have raised the barriers even higher for those needing some domiciliary help.
Elderly hit by soaring cost of home help