The figures also show that the average price of a single meal has gone up by 22 per cent under this government, meaning that those who still receive meals each day are on average paying £237 more this year than they were, before the Tory-led government came to power in 2010. As an alternative Labour say that the next Labour government will fully join-up the National Health Service and social care to get the best results for users and the best value for taxpayers' money.
Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, Liz Kendall, who obtained the figures, said: "Having a decent meal and contact with someone at least once a day is a lifeline for many elderly people. Removing this support isn't good for them and it’s a false economy too, if their health suffers and they struggle to cope, and they end up having to go into hospital or a care home. We must end this false divide between social care services and the NHS because both are essential to keeping elderly people well and living independently in their own homes."