Social care: our next challenge

Social care helps disabled people play a fulfilling role in their communities. But, after nearly £5 billion of social care cuts since 2010, thousands of disabled adults are trapped at home, isolated and unemployed.

Last year, we spoke with disabled people to understand what they need from social care — and how we can help them get it.

Julie’s story

Julie, 30, standing outdoors with walking aid

Julie has triple X syndrome, which means she has problems with communication and movement. She lives with her husband Sam, who has severe depression.

Because of the cuts, there’s no longer any emergency care — so if a carer is sick, there’s no backup to help Julie and Sam with things like getting dressed.

‘Many times we’ve gone to medical appointments in our night clothes.’ — Julie