Britain faces a ‘perilous’ divide in social care spending, with England lagging far behind Scotland, a think-tank warns.
North of the border £445 is spent per head each year – compared with just £310 per head south of it, according to figures from the Health Foundation.
That is a difference of 43 per cent. Wales spends 33 per cent more per head than England.
Pensioners in Scotland benefit from free personal care, while in England people must fund their own care down to their last £23,250 – including the value of their home – wiping out inheritances.
Ministers at Westminster have been promising a green paper on social care reform – but Brexit paralysis has delayed it.
The Health Foundation, an independent charity, said the disparity between Scotland and England had got worse and predicted a £4.4billion funding gap in England by 2023/24.
The charity’s Anita Charlesworth said social care was a victim of the ‘political impasse’.
‘If reform remains unaddressed, social care’s inadequacies will continue to undermine the NHS,’ she said.