THE Government has been told to provide more cash for care for the elderly in its Budget.

Bolton South-East Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi has written to Treasury Ministers in advance of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s statement next month.

She said: “I am concerned that, after nine years of cuts to council budgets, £7.7billion has been taken out of social care, leaving services at breaking point.

“Councils are having to make difficult decisions about who receives care, and too many people are left to cope without the support they need.

“ In March 2017, the Government said it would publish a green paper on social care. More than two years later ministers have still not given a date for when it will be published

“I support a long-term and sustainable funding solution for social care, which includes investing £8bn to provide more people with the support they need.

“I have called on the Chancellor to increase social care funding in the next Budget, in particular funding for people living with dementia.”