Ageing population

In 20 years, almost one in four people in the UK will be over 65

Older people use 54% of hospital beds and make up 68% of adults receiving long term social care

81% of British adults are concerned about the impact of an ageing population on the NHS and care services in Britain*

Nearly two-thirds of Britons are not confident that the UK Government will ensure high standards in the NHS (61%) and care for elderly and disabled people (64%) in the future*

Health services

Hospitals predicted that they would be in £2.3bn deficit by the end of the 2015/2016 financial year

The Government have demanded the NHS make a further £22bn in efficiency savings by 2021

We already spend less on health than other developed economies – 8.5% of GDP compared to an average of 8.9% – and this is set to fall further

Half of British (51%) adults think the level of service in the NHS has worsened over the past 12 months*

Social services

Councils provided 500,000 fewer people with social care services in 2013/14 compared to five years earlier

By 2020, social care leaders predict that there will be a £4.3bn gap in care budgets

There has been a £4.6bn reduction in social care budgets since 2009/10 as a result of inflation, budget cuts and rising demand

Half of British adults (47%) think the level of service in care services for the elderly and disabled has worsened over the past 12 months*

* Findings are based a ComRes poll of 2,014 adults in Great Britain, conducted online between 24th and 25th February 2016. Results were weighted to be representative of all adults in Great Britain aged 18+.