The state of social care in Great Britain in 2016
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
Meet 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.
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.
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.
When Julie's usual carer is off sick, no emergency care is provided. Which means no food, no drink, and no help with medication.
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.
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.