National deafblind charity, Sense, raises concerns over failure to commit to long-term investment in vital social care services
National deafblind charity, Sense, is disappointed that that the Chancellor did not use The Budget as an opportunity to address the recent cuts to disabled people’s benefits or make an announcement on funding for social care.
Cuts to ESA and reforms to PIP will see disabled people across the country struggle to make ends meet, yet there is still no long-term solution for the knock-on effects of these cuts, which are likely to lead to additional strain on other services, such as the NHS, at significant cost. Despite claims that disability welfare expenditure has risen, there has also been a rise of disabled people in need of support and these cuts are estimated to affect over 600,000 disabled people across the country.
Sense is now calling on the Government to seriously consider the impact that recent cuts have made and readdress the balance for disabled people. It needs to make a commitment to prioritising funding for adequate social care, preventative welfare benefits and the provision of increased life chances for disabled people.
Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive for deafblind charity Sense, said:
“Cuts to funding, combined with a growing number of people needing support, has had a significant impact on social care services and we are incredibly disappointed that the Chancellor has not considered this a priority issue in the Budget.
“When taken into context alongside recent cuts to ESA and expected changes to PIP funding, it is a bleak day for disabled people. Rather than using this as an opportunity to readdress the balance for some of the most vulnerable people in this country, the Government appears to be brushing the issue of the urgent need for investment in social care under the carpet.
“Without adequate social care we are at risk of leaving disabled people isolated and unable to play an active part in their community. It is imperative that the Government begins protecting the independence, dignity and place in society of disabled people across the country by investing in social care.”
Sense is a national charity that has supported and campaigned for children and adults who are deafblind for over 60 years. There are currently around 250, 000 deafblind people in the UK. Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them. Further information can be found on Sense’s website – www.sense.org.uk