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The meaning of the F-word: Improving funding for care

Liz Kendall, shadow minister for care

There is a growing care crisis in Britain. Roughly £1bn has been cut from local council budgets for older people's social care and the crisis is hitting women disproportionately. Women tend to live longer than men; they face more years in poor health or with a disability; and they are more likely to live on their own.

Women are also more likely to work in the care system, often on very low wages, and provide unpaid care for their elderly relatives. The way we provide care for older and disabled people needs urgent reform.

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This article first appeared in the 12 March 2012 issue of the New Statesman, The weaker sex