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Spending on social care for the elderly has been cut by more than £600m this year, potentially putting lives at risk, a charity claimed today.

Research by Age UK suggested older people’s care budgets had been slashed by a “devastating” 8.4% as the Government’s spending cuts bite.

The figures, which were disputed by the Government, were based on data obtained from councils under the Freedom of Information Act.

Today we ask will claimed £600m cuts in social care for the elderly put lives at risk?