Social care and support
Let's show Britain cares!
More than 100,000 disabled people are or risk soon being denied vital care and support they need to dress, wash, cook, work, study or take part in their community.
We are part of a new campaign Britain Cares calling on people around the country: show you care about the injustice of disabled people being denied social care - essential support to live their lives.
More than 100,000 disabled people denied care
Our new report The Other Care Crisis reveals for the first time that today, 69,000 disabled people are at crisis point without even basic care – and if Government plans go ahead this year, at least another 36,000 could lose the care and support they currently receive.
"I often go without a shower or without using catheters for days as I just don't have the energy to manage." Michelle
"My son has Asperger syndrome. Social services said they couldn't help. They said he could do things like cook, go to the shops. Yet the challenges he faces led to extreme isolation... such significant mental health problems that he was later sectioned." Sandy
"Not getting the support I need has meant my life is on hold. I have no routine, I feel socially isolated, lonely and of no value to society. I’m only 24; I feel 84" Emma
Parliamentary inquiry into disabled people's social care
The Social Care All Party Parliamentary Group and the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group are undertaking an inquiry into social care, independent living and the ILF. Find out more and share your experiences.
What needs to change to fix our social care system?
The social care system is failing thousands. Imagine waking up every morning in a panic because you don't know when or whether you're going to be able to get out of bed, have a cooked meal or get out of the house. Sadly this is a daily reality for thousands of disabled people who rely on social care support to survive.
Our social care system is failing to deliver this basic support for disabled adults. Three quarters of disabled people who answered a recent poll on the Scope Facebook page said they do not receive enough support to meet even their basic needs.
Decent social care is vital. For many disabled people it is the difference between living and simply existing. Over the next year the Governments in both England and Wales will be making important decisions about what social care will look like in future. They will decide who will be eligible for what support. This decision will shape the lives of thousands of disabled people who rely on social care and support so it's only right that they should have their say.
Do you rely on social care? Are you concerned about what the changes will mean for somebody you care about? How do you think the system should be improved?
Have your say on the future of social care
We need you to share your experiences to persuade the Westminster and Welsh Government's what needs to change.. Share your story with the campaigns team by emailing it to email@example.com