Statement in response to Age UK and Alzheimer's Society findings

17 November 2016

Responding to the research from Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society today, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s director of campaigns Peter Jenkins said:

‘Today’s findings from Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society show our social care system is in crisis.

‘It is a national scandal that thousands of disabled and older people do not have the support to do everyday tasks such as washing and dressing, and even more shockingly, no support to eat.

‘At Leonard Cheshire Disability, we found 48% of disabled adults who say they need social care do not receive any support at all.

‘The right social care allows people to stay well, be independent, get jobs, volunteer, have relationships and contribute fully to society.

‘In the forthcoming Autumn Statement the government should ensure both health and social care get the funding required.

‘In the longer term, we need an honest national conversation on social care — led by a cross-party commission to create a sustainable system that works for all.’

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