Age UK’s new Care in Crisis 2012 report shows that this year’s spending on older people’s social care in England has fallen half a billion pounds short of even maintaining the inadequate levels of provision in place when the Coalition came to power. In order to maintain the same levels of service as in 2010 ,projections show that Government ought to be spending £7.8 billion this year. In fact councils have only budgeted £7.3 billion in the face of substantial reductions in central government funding. Age UK’s analysis shows that the combined impact of growing demand for services and a £341 million reduction in older people’s social care budgets this financial year—equivalent to a 4.5% cut—has created a £500 million shortfall. This funding gap comes after several years of stagnating and then decreasing social care spending. They state that the impact of the chronic under funding is felt every day by vulnerable older people who do not receive the care they need. Age UK’s Care in Crisis petition can be found at careincrisis