Norman Lamb is calling on the Government to take urgent action by investing extra resources in adult social care, following new research which highlights a serious care crisis for people with disabilities.
The new research released today by Scope, the disability charity, shows that some disabled social care users are waiting up to 14 hours to go to the toilet, sleeping in their clothes, and unable to eat or wash, while many are left socially isolated and unable to work or look for a job because of a lack of support.
More than half of disabled people using social care aren’t getting the support they need to live independently, while 83% said that they don’t have enough hours in their care package.
Commenting, Norman Lamb said: “It is simply unacceptable that some of the most vulnerable people in society are being let down and left to fend for themselves due to a lack of support.
“People with disabilities deserve to live with dignity just like anybody else. This means having the right support to allow them to participate in society and live as independently as possible.
“Carers up and down the country are doing a wonderful job, working long hours and often in very difficult circumstances. But we all know that the system is under severe strain as a result of chronic underinvestment.
“Now that the Conservative Government has abandoned the cap on care costs, which I secured as Care Minister at the Department of Health, many families are also worried about how they will be able to afford the spiralling costs of care over the next few years.
“Extra funding is critical to improve support for people with disabilities, and the Government must ensure a fair deal for social care in the upcoming Spending Review. I am also calling on the Government once again to reverse its u-turn and introduce a cap on care costs from April 2016.”
The full findings, together with the stories of disabled people using social care, are available at: www.scope.org.uk/social-care