The other care crisis: disabled people's social care

Disabled lady with carer posting letter

The other care crisis

Scope, Mencap, The National Autistic Society, Sense and Leonard Cheshire Disability have come together to reveal the scale of the crisis facing over 100,000 disabled people.

One third of people who use social care are working-age disabled people. Research contained in our first report, The other care crisis, showed that in many cases their basic needs are not being met:

  • 40% said social care services don’t meet basic needs like washing, dressing or getting out of the house.
  • 47% said the services they received do not enable them to take part in community life, like seeing friends or volunteering.
  • 62% said they had spent their own money to help them eat, dress, wash or get out of the house.

Preventative care makes economic sense

Our second report, Ending the other care crisis, shows that social care not only improves people’s independence and wellbeing, it also has economic benefits.

New research undertaken by Deloitte LLP demonstrates that spending money on social care for disabled people with ‘moderate’ needs delivers improved quality of life and economic returns:

  • Income for many disabled people and unpaid carers who can work if the right support is in place
  • A contribution to the State through people remaining economically active
  • Removing the need for greater, costly spending in the future. A false economy now results in greater, more costly need later. For example, it is less costly to give a disabled person care to allow them to eat healthily and exercise, rather than to care for the later health impacts of their not being able to.

The economic benefit of spending £1 now is £1.30. This was calculated by looking at the costs of withholding social care in a range of scenarios and weighting these with the probability of them arising.

Graphic of social care statistics