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The other care crisis: Making social care funding work for disabled adults in England

Care and support is vital for people of all ages. But the debate on social care funding has been almost exclusively about how the system should respond to the demandsof an ageing population.

Important as this debate is, one in three people who use social care services are disabled people of working age whose needs are not always the same as those
of older people.

As decisions about social care begin to be taken, with the passage of the Care and Support Bill through Parliament, it is essential that we understand what is distinctive about the needs of working age disabled people.

  • For the first time, this report provides evidence about the size and level of impactof the social care crisis on working age disabled people. The findings are shocking:
  • New research carried out by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) has found that, under proposed Government reforms, at least 105,000 working age disabled people are set to miss out on essential care and support.
  • This is because the historic underfunding of care is being exacerbated by cuts to local authority funding and leading councils to remove care and support from all but a minority of those with the seemingly most complex needs. Since 2008, over 90,000 disabled people have lost care and support. The new Care and Support Bill will make this trend Government policy.
  • This is already having a major impact on the lives of disabled people and their families. Four in ten are failing to have their basic needs met, and underfunding is turning back the clock on disabled people’s independence: nearly half of disabled adults report services aren’t supporting them to get out into the community.
  • The Government must act now to ensure that disabled people continue to receive the care and support they need. For just 0.2 percent of public expenditure, we can support all disabled people to live independent lives of their own choosing, be able to work and take part in the lives of their communities, and be supported before reaching crisis point.