Raising awareness and influencing policy

We work hard to raise awareness of the issues that are important to every disabled individual. We focus particularly on social care, health and housing, working closely alongside disabled people and partners, such as other charities.

By influencing businesses, governments and the wider public, we can help make sure that everyone gets the support they need to live an independent and fulfilling life.

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Key facts

  • 400,000 visits to our website during 2015/16. That's over 1,000 visitors a day
  • Facebook likes increased by over 80%
  • gained 30% more Twitter followers
  • 30% of councils have committed to changing their policies on 15-minute care visits
  • 30% of councils have committed to no visit being less than 30 minutes

What we achieved last year

We aimed to:

  1. Home Truths campaigners with placardsContinue to monitor how councils use 15-minute care visits and keep up the pressure to stop councils using them inappropriately. Our ‘End 15-Minute Care’ campaign was a great success in 2014. It highlighted the problem of councils arranging care visits lasting less than 15 minutes — nowhere near long enough for carers to provide care with dignity and respect.

    NICE guidelines also emphasised visits should rarely be less than 30 minutes. Last year, we continued to push councils to change their policies and 30% have now committed to do this.

    Our campaigning in Wales also led to a new clause in the Regulation and Inspection Social Care Act, which states that no care visit will be less than 30 minutes, unless in exceptional circumstances.

  2. Be heavily involved in monitoring the implementation of the Care Act, to create real change. The Care Act 2014 is a law designed to consolidate social care laws to bring them up to date. To make sure its vision becomes a reality, we campaigned with 80 health and social care charities as part of the Care and Support Alliance.

    Last year, the Alliance worked to make sure the thousands of individuals who are locked out of the system can get the support they need to live independently. Ahead of the Spending Review, we campaigned for the government to invest more in the Better Care Fund, which will helps councils and NHS organisations to deliver better results.

    We also campaigned for councils to have new powers to raise funding for social care. We were pleased the government announced new powers for councils to raise council tax to invest directly back into social care for disabled and older people.

  3. Continue our Home Truths campaign, to improve accessible housing for disabled people and campaign for them to become basic minimum standards. Since 2014, our Home Truths campaign has highlighted the problems disabled people face in finding accessible housing.

    Last year, we published new research showing the number of disabled people on council house waiting lists has increased. We called for councils to push developers to use the Lifetime Home standards when building new homes. In the run up to the Welsh and Scottish elections, we worked with different political parties, hoping to influence their manifestos. As a result, the Welsh Assembly government has agreed to review accessible housing registers to see what is available.

  4. Work with the new government after the General Election to make sure new policies take disabled people into account. When the Welfare Reform and Work Bill was announced in July 2015, we pushed ministers to re-state their commitment to halving the gap between the proportion of disabled and nondisabled people in employment. As a result, Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud, has committed to deliver an annual progress report, showing how the government is closing the gap.

Going beyond our goals

Ruby and Cody - Home TruthsWe’ve continued to grow our digital presence — our number of Facebook likes increased by 80% and we gained more Twitter followers and visitors to our website.

Our tube strike infographic, which highlighted the difficulties for wheelchair users travelling in London, was highlighted in the national media.

Our goals for next year

Next year we will:

  • Run a joined-up influencing, media and public presence campaign to improve people’s lives by:
  • Securing increased public funding for social care, increasing access and improving quality.
  • Changing employers’ attitudes and increasing funding for disability employment support programmes.