AT least 160,000 pensioners and disabled people in Britain are “trapped” in debt and unable to pay bills.
Thousands are struggling to manage their finances because they have to pay rising social care invoices.
Almost 1,200 people receiving social care have found themselves in court after racking up debts, according to the Daily Express.
A Freedom of Information request found that more than 78,000 people have had debt management procedures started against them.
The study also found that 166,835 owe money for their social care and the figure could be higher because not all of the local authorities in Britain responded.
Bills in the UK have been soaring after more than 12 care homes closed each month in 2017.
The GMB union submitted the information requests and described the situation as a “ticking time bomb”.
Sharon Wilde, of the GMB union, told the paper: “These stark figures show the UK’s social care ticking time bomb has now blown a gaping hole in families’ finances.
“The fact more than 1,000 people have been taken to court because they’re unable to pay for their own care or that of their loved ones shows the system just isn’t working.”
A Local Government Association spokesman added: “These figures illustrate yet another consequence of a system straining under real financial pressure.”
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