MPs warn social care system will soon be 'on its knees'

Scope has responded to a new report on adult social care published by the Public Accounts Committee.

MPs warned that social care in England was in a "precarious state" as the report was published today.

James Taylor, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope, said: 

“This is yet more evidence that our social care system is crumbling in the face of increasing demand and chronic underfunding.

“Approximately a third of people who use long-term social care are disabled [1], and rely on support with basics such as getting washed, getting dressed and leaving the house. This support enables disabled people to live independently, work and socialise.

“The Government urgently needs to work with disabled people to put in place a workable long-term plan to prevent the current social care system from collapsing completely and create a system fit for the 21st Century.”

 

Notes to the editor:

Reference

[1] Adult Social Care Activity and Finance Report, England 2016-17 

For more information please contact the Press Office on 0207 619 7200 or email pressoffice@scope.org.uk

Type:

south 1 west 2 Attitudes 24 Media 5 Politics 20 Welfare 30 Children and families 5 Social care 16 Living 7 Standards 1 awkward 5 awkwardness 1 disability 85 disabled 77 Allowance 2 DLA 7 Independence 14 Payment; 1 Personal 14 PIP; 2 donate 1 fundraising 5 Retail 1 shops 2 StripForScope 1 assisted 3 die 1 dying 2 Scope 37 suicide 4 commission 6 costs 18 equipment 1 extra 18 wheelchair 4 extra costs 17 disabled children 3 exhausted 1 frustrated 1 parents 1 stressed 1 support 6 benefits 22 Chancellor 4 payments 1 PIP 25 Freud's statement 1 Minimum wage 1 Work 20 assisted dying 4 assisted suicide 3 board 1 chair 3 employment 46 employment and support allowance 2 House of Lords 2 children 3 children's 1 commissioner 1 listen 1 Disabled; 1 expensive 1 Life 2 more; 1 People; 2 Powered 1 Wheelchairs 1 Energy 9 families 2 fuel 1 poverty 2 Care 14 Learning 3 People 28 Residential 1 Social 13 View 2 Winterbourne 2 WCA 3 work capability assessment 3 and 3 Autumn 4 Carers 1 CSA 1 Health 5 Investment 1 Older 1 Statement; 2 Jobs 3 Payment 13 Independent living fund 1 accessibility 4 transport 6 charity 18 Gray 1 review 3 work programme 2 Access 3 Reasonable 1 discrimination 3 MS 1 multiple sclerosis 1 right-to-die 1 honours 2 new year honours 2 CBE 1 Adjustment 1 integration 1 NHS 2 £1bn 1 fund 3 growth 2 labour 1 Local 2 market 1 community care 1 independent living 2 learning disability 2 Winterbourne View 1 end the awkward 5 employers 1 gap 11 actors 1 Cameron 1 Downing 1 End 3 Face2Face 1 Samantha 1 Street 1 the 3 Fisher 1 Hindle 1 Robin 1 campaigns 1 green 3 paper 3 parliament 3 Access-to-Work 1 benefit sanctions 2 Department of Work and Pensions 3 Accounts 1 Committee 4 Institution 1 Public 1 (PAC) 1 Election 3 Morgan 1 Patron 1 Sophie 1 Access to Work 2 economic growth 1 employment gap 8 disabled people 17 ONS 4 Queen speech 2 Alex 1 ambassador 1 Brooker 1 Experiences 1 First 1 Impressions 1 Court 2 delays 1 High 1 unlawful 1 appointment 1 Chief 2 Executive 2 interim 1 £550 1 Cost 1 more 1 ILF 1 Independent 3 dating 1 Day 1 International 1 Kiss 1 Kissing 1 relationships 1 disability living allowance 1 employment support allowance 7 ESA 11 Alex Brooker 1 Channel 4 1 faux 1 gaffes 1 Last Leg 1 pas 1 Shorts 1 Dignitas; 1 Dying; 1 Scope; 3 Duncan 1 Iain 1 Reform 1 Smith 1 homes 1 regulator 1 self-regulation 1 devolution 1 northern 1 powerhouse 1 Sheffield 1 A to Z 1 sex 1 Conference 2 IDS 1 Party 1 Tory 1 derby 1 fan 1 Football 1 Merseyside 1 pretending 1 Appointments 1 Atkinson 1 Mark 1 New 1 autism 1 Connor 1 difficulties 1 epilepsy 1 Sparrowhawk 1 welfare to work 1 work and pensions 1 Comprehensive 2 Spending 2 DDA 1 Disability Discrimination Act 1 living standards 1 Experiences of social care 1 funding 1 2- 1 CSR 1 Statement 2 Donald 2 Kovaleski 2 Serge 2 Trump 2 gold-plated 1 Jenner 1 Kylie 1 J 1 reporter 1 Lego 1 toylikeme 1 toys 1 full 1 cuts 1 disability employment gap 6 Welfare Reform and Work Bill 1 profitability 1 profits 1 peers 1 consultation 2 2016 2 Budget 5 George Osborne 1 Personal Independence Payment 8 Stephen Crabb 1 Crabb 1 Pensions 1 Secretary 1 Stephen 2 Appeals 3 Daily 1 DWP 3 Mandatory 1 Mirror 1 Reconsideration 1 Barclays 1 BBC 1 diversity 2 Alliance 1 Consumers 2 London 1 Uber 1 Bill 1 Digital 3 Divide 1 Economy 2 Queen's 2 Speech 2 Internet 3 dog 1 guide 1 pound 1 purple 1 accessible 1 buses 3 users 1 EU 1 Europe 1 Referendum 1 May 1 Minister 2 Prime 1 Theresa 1 rio 1 RJ Mitte 2 Sophie Morgan 2 sport 2 Select Committee 1 Minister of State for Disabled People 1 Duke of Westminster 1 President 1 stories 1 HMRC 1 National Minimum Wage 1 paralympics 4 media representation 1 TV 1 TV representation 1 assessment 1 capability 1 Businessess 1 Conservative 1 CQC 1 adults 1 young 1 communications 1 Fundraising, Communications and Marketing 1 marketing 1 PR 1 press office 1 Tracy Griffin 1 A&E 1 Select 1 ACEVO 1 southern co-operative 1 Credit 1 Universal 1 council 1 tax 1 Mental Health 1 Prime Minister 1 Supreme 1 verdict 1 Wheelchair users 1 advertising 1 maltesers 1 media respresentation 1 government 6 industrial strategy 1 insurance 2 disabled customers 2 ofgem 1 fines 1 Legal change 1 Taxis 2 Books on the underground 1 literature 1 Improving 1 Lives 1 ; 1 apple 1 pay; 1 PIP assessment 5 online 1 GSK 1 disabled consumer 1 disabled consumers 1 CLG committee 1 Green paper 3 inequality 1 Equality and Human Rights Commission 1 equality act 1 PHVs 1 Private Hire Vehicle 1 taxi 1 taxi driver 1 wheelchair user 1 General 1 Everyday Equality 1 General Election 2017 1 airports 1 CAA 1 2012 1 Work With Me 2 Universal Credit 4 isolation 1 loneliness 1 Credit Universal 1 Work; 1 job 1 virgin media 1 festive activities 1 tribunals 1 high court 1 charges 1 hospital 1 parking 2 Esther McVey 2 Badges; 1 Blue 1 Club; 1 dinner; 1 Presidents 1 finance 1 Local Government 1 atos 1 capita 1 blue badges 1 electric 1 gas 1 Hawking 1 BEIS 1 consumer protection 1 consumer rights 1 financial security 1 tax credits 1 work allowance 1 JSA 1 sanctions 1 Legal Aid 1 public accounts committee 1 digital consumer index 1 digital skills 1 lloyds 1 lloyds bank 1 candidate 1 democracy 1 equality 1 penny mordaunt 1