The Other Care Crisis

New research has exposed the true scale of the Government’s social care crisis for disabled people, which has left thousands without access to basic care to help them eat, wash properly and leave their homes. 

  • A young deafblind man shopping with his support workerAlmost 40 per cent of disabled people receiving social care support are not having their basic needs met
  • Government proposals risk up to 105,000 disabled people failing to get basic support for their day-to-day lives
  • There is a £1.2 billion funding gap in social care support for disabled people under age of 65

The way Britain has been thinking about social care has been dominated by concerns about the ageing population – it is vital that we also recognise the needs and aspirations of the one in three people who need social care and support who are under 65.

The research has been published in The Other Care Crisis, a report from Scope, Sense, Mencap, The National Autistic Society and Leonard Cheshire Disability. 

The Other Care Crisis: Making social care funding work for disabled adults in England - download the report


First published: Wednesday 16 January 2013
Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2015