There has to be better social care so you can live independently, disabled or not

Disabled lady having her hair styled

We’ve made a lot of progress since 20 years ago

Back then, too often the attitude towards disabled people was 'out of sight, out of mind'.  Independent living is now a reality for many disabled people, who have fought to live life the way they want and be part of their community.

But we have a long way to go  

All disabled people should be able to live their lives independently. Yet too many are still being denied the support to get up, get dressed and get out of the house.  It should not be a privilege to decide when you eat, when you sleep or who you live with - it is about basic independence.

There is a danger that this independence is being rolled back.  Half a million older and disabled people who would have received social care five years ago now receive no support.  More than 100,000 disabled people are  currently at risk of being denied the vital care and support they need to do everyday tasks and take part in their community.

As the recovery begins, we need to make independence a reality

The Government must ensure all disabled people can live independently. This means allowing everyone who needs social care to get it, and investing in care so local councils can provide it. We're calling for changes in the Care Bill and funding from the Government.

Joined up support needs to promote independent living for disabled people      

All political parties have pledged to bring social care and the NHS closer together. Some initiatives to do this are already in place, but they are yet to transform support for working-age disabled people.

We’re calling on the next government to make sure plans to join up public services promote independent living for disabled people.

Joining up public services used by disabled people

Joined up support can make it easier for disabled people to live independent lives

Video describing Social care - David's story
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David says:

David can’t read or write and struggles with things like socialising, cooking, managing his money and making friends. He fell into depression for two years and locked himself in his bedroom. He stopped washing, wasn’t eating properly and felt suicidal.


Then his family found out about a local service for adults with learning difficulties called Gold Hay Arts Centre, specialising in art, drama, music and life skills. Thanks to social care funding, David’s started at the day centre and his life has been transformed.