Social care missing from government spending plans
29 November 2016
by Natasha Jetha
Last week the chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his autumn statement in which he outlined government spending plans for the coming year.
There was lots in the statement, but one very important item was missing.
Although 48% of adults who say they need it are not currently getting any social care this was entirely missing from the government’s spending plans.
Alongside disabled people, charities, health professionals and politicians, we have been calling on government to urgently increase and bring forward funding for social care.
Social care has reached breaking point
There has barely been a week when this issue has not been front page news. This is because social care has reached a tipping point. While more people than ever before need support, funding continues to decline. That’s why we are hugely disappointed the government failed to act to support a system facing crisis in last week’s autumn statement.
We believe this is the wrong and will have a devastating impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of disabled people who need social care but who can’t vital get support for people like Julie, and her partner Sam, from West Yorkshire:
‘Many times we have both gone to medical appointments in our night clothes because, although patient transport has turned up, we have had a break down in our personal care and our local council no longer provides emergency care.’
Isolated and lonely
Our recent research found 40% of disabled adults who don’t receive enough social care say it has had a negative impact on their physical and mental health. Nearly half of those who don’t receive enough support report feeling isolated and lonely.
There are some things none of us should have to experience in modern Britain. Being left trapped in your home for days on end without vital support and human contact, or forced to stay in bed until 11am and go back to bed at 8pm are among them. Many disabled people tell us this is a daily reality for them.
With social care left out of the government’s spending plans, people will continue to be treated in this way.
This is unacceptable and Leonard Cheshire Disability will continue to call on government to urgently bring forward increased funding for social care. As a first step we are supporting calls for the UK government to set up a cross-party commission on the future of health and social care in England.
This is the very least we can do if we are serious about making a Great Britain that truly works for all.