Government delivers social care setback for disabled people

Sense has responded to today’s announcement by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, that the Social Care Green Paper will now be published in the Autumn.

This follows today’s announcement of a £20bn increase in funding towards the National Health Service, and the development of a 10-year plan for NHS sustainability.

Sense has been calling on the Government to ensure that its plans to address the sustainability of the social care sector represent the needs of all those who access services, including working age disabled people.

Richard Kramer, Deputy CEO of disability charity Sense, said:

“We are disappointed in yet another delay in the publication of the Social Care Green Paper, when the social care system is already at crisis point. A further delay to the Autumn will mean that the uncertainty continues for disabled people.

We welcome the emphasis on health and social care integration, as disabled people should not be expected to struggle to navigate support from two separate systems. However, the social care system needs support now – it is at breaking point and there has never been a more urgent need for action to deliver its long-term survival.

Sense is calling for disabled people to be at the heart of any reform programme on integration, so that they are given the opportunity to shape a system that reflects their needs and experiences.”