Response to select committee's urging for cross-party commission agreement on the future of health and social care funding

6 January 2017

Responding to a letter from the chairs of three select committees urging a cross-party agreement on the future of health and social care funding, Leonard Cheshire Disability's chief executive, Neil Heslop, said:

‘Today’s letter from the chairs of three select committees further reinforces the case for a cross-party commission on the future of health and social care.

‘Recent research by Leonard Cheshire Disability found that 48% of disabled adults who say they need social care do not receive any support at all. This equates to hundreds of thousands of disabled people left isolated and without even their most basic needs met. This is a national scandal.

'While ministers took steps to bring forward and reallocate some additional funding for social care last month, this represented an inadequate, temporary fix that will continue to leave thousands of disabled people without essential care.

'The government must heed the growing calls for a long term solution, and establish a cross-party commission on the future of health and social care without delay.’

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