Shadow care minister Liz Kendall condemned her government counterpart today for making a careless comment urging people to do more to look after the elderly to stop them enduring a "dismal existence."
Lib Dem and Care Minister Norman Lamb said everyone had a part to play in building a "less neglectful society" and warned against relying on the state to "do everything."
But Ms Kendall pointed out that Britain's six million unpaid family carers aren't being neglectful and they don't expect the state to do everything.
"They look after their frail elderly and disabled relatives day in, day out, often with precious little help and support," she said.
"This government is making their lives much harder by cutting local council care budgets. Fewer families are now getting vital services like home help for free, and charges for home care, and residential and respite care are increasing.
"Instead of blaming families for the care crisis, the government should be facing up to its responsibilities by putting in place a decent and fair system for funding social care now and in future."