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Funding gap widens for disabled children's health and social care

New research commissioned by Scope and the Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) reveals the annual funding gap in disabled children's health and social care has grown to £2.1 billion. 

The research, carried out by Economic Impact Specialists Development Economics, established the gap between current expenditure (2019 to 20) and what’s needed to meet gaps in service provision. It revealed that the level required to meet the essential provision for children has grown by £551 million since 2016 to 17, when it was last calculated.

Breaking point

The research lays bare how much of a struggle access to health and social care has always been for disabled children and families. The last 18 months have only made it worse.

This shocking figure means that countless disabled young people are not getting the health appointments and therapies they need. It means children are not getting respite care and families up and down the country face huge amounts of unmet need.

The reality for families is a continuing and escalating battle to receive vital support such as therapies, medical treatments, equipment and respite. The increase of the funding gap demonstrates not only the need for immediate government investment, but also the reality of what’s to come if nothing changes.

The economic case for closing the gap

We’re supporting the DCP's call to urgently address this inequality ahead of the Spending Review on 26 October. What's more, our new research also proves that investing in the health of disabled children early is not just the morally right thing to do - it makes economic sense.

The report shows that by investing early in health and care for disabled children, more young people and parents will enter employment, creating more tax revenue. In addition, the NHS will have to pay less for health procedures if young people and children get the right support early on. Not acting now means that it is likely the funding gap will continue to grow.

Get involved

We’re asking for people’s help to demand urgent investment from the Government, before the Spending Review on 26 October. Get involved with the campaign and and read the full funding gap report.

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