The 'care gap' between the social care that councils and the NHS provide to elderly and disabled people and what they actually need has grown to £66.4bn a year, the charity Counsel and Care has said.

The gap, equivalent to £25,000 for every disabled person over 65, is plugged through privately funded care services or informal care provided by friends and family.

The charity urged the government to press ahead with plans to rethink the system.

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