Raise awareness and influence policy
What we said
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
What we did
As part of this we published The State of Social Care in Great Britain, securing media coverage and setting out clearly to policy makers the scale of the problem.
The chancellor announced an extra £2 billion for social care which goes some way to meeting the funding gap in the short-term. We continue to call for the government to commit to a commission which will deliver a long-term, sustainable solution.
We worked closely with government, sitting on an expert advisory group concerned with devising policies to transform employment prospects for disabled people.
We undertook a project with disabled people, employment support advisers and employers to write a response to the government’s consultation on disabled people and their access to employment.
The policy and campaigns team have created opportunities to listen to the views and suggestions of our supporters up and down the country.
We held six ‘open spaces’ events across England, Scotland and Wales, inviting those with lived experience of disability to share their views on employment and social care.
The events enabled us to draw on the personal experiences and expertise of disabled people to form a vital part of policy recommendations to government. We have also held a series of social care summits. This involved bringing together disabled people, supporters, their MPs and Councillors to have an open and honest conversation about social care.
After the success of our 15-minute campaign, we updated it in 2017 by releasing new FoI (Freedom of Information) data on how many 15-minute care visits were still happening in each English region.
We mobilised our supporters to petition the health minister to put an end to the practice. More than 10,000 people signed our petition and thousands more engaged with our online action to find out the scale of the social care problem in their area.