Responding to the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) annual State of Care report and findings this week about the condition of the care market for older and disabled carers, Gail Scott-Spicer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

"Carers Trust's local partners provide valuable replacement care services to unpaid carers across the UK and are facing a tough time.

"Council contracts are not keeping pace with the true cost of delivering services and paying care workers the national living wage.

"Some services have even closed, or are facing closure and being placed in the incredibly difficult position of having to withdraw services from carers and the disabled and older people they support.

"We urge the government to look again at the sustainability of social care funding in the Autumn Statement."

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