The state of social care in Great Britain in 2016

Julie, 30, standing outdoors with walking aid

Across the UK, disabled people have told us they are struggling to get the social care they need. And very few politicians seem to have noticed or be taking any action.

Britain’s social care system is in crisis. We have seen nearly £5 billion in cuts since 2010 which has left hundreds of thousands of disabled people without the care they need.

  • 48% of disabled adults who say they need social care do not receive any support at all.
  • Thousands are trapped at home, isolated and unemployed.

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We need people to take urgent action to ensure social care is fit for the future. 

That’s why we are calling for:

  • a fair and sustainable funding system for social care
  • an independent commission on social care
  • an independent appeals system

Social care stories

1. Lee's story

Lee and his mum sitting on the sofaMeet Lee. Lee has complex learning difficulties. The social care which enabled him to get out of the house and enjoy various activities for many years — as well as attend college — has recently been cut from five days to just three.

Read more of Lee's story.

2. Lynne's story

Lynne and her husband MichaelLynne was born with cerebral palsy but along the way she has also been diagnosed with MS and asthma. Most days are exhausting for her and her husband.

Lynne does not receive the care package she needs to live her life to the fullest. A great deal of time and money has been wasted on sorting out her social care package.

Read more of Lynne's story.

3. Joan's story

Joan, 88, outdoors near her home in HampshireJoan's council has been providing her with care at home for almost 30 years, but she doesn't get a choice about what time a carer visits in the evening to help her get ready for bed.

Sometimes it can be as early as 6pm. She doesn't want to go to bed at the same time every night and so tries to manage to do this herself instead.

Read more of Joan's story. 

4. Julie's story

Julie, 30, standing outdoors with walking aidJulie had Triple X syndrome. She often feels isolated because she feel like she has a very different understanding of the world.

When Julie's usual carer is off sick, no emergency care is provided. Which means no food, no drink, and no help with medication.

Read more of Julie's story.

5. Wendy's story

Wendy outside her homeWendy has hydrocephalus and arachnoiditis, which is an inflammation of part of the spine.

Unfortunately due to ongoing cuts to care Wendy is only able to get out and about with the support of a carer, which is privately funded by her family.

Read more of Wendy's story.

6. Martin's story

Martin in a countryside settingMartin is a father and stepfather to seven, and a grandfather to six lovely grandchildren.

He would love to live closer to his family but can’t as there isn’t sufficient social care in the community to support him.

Read more of Martin's story.