Care reform must succeed where welfare reform failed

The Care Lobby is here. Full details on their website 

CareLobby 2012 are also staging the world’s first twobby – an online lobby so that even more people can tell MPs that a change in social care is urgently needed. This will run at the same time as the lobby at parliament. Our social care system is broken. Support the twobby TODAY

The program of welfare reform and cuts is proceeding with alarming momentum and the needs of carers  and  disabled people are being lost in the fiscal crisis.  

In this present economic climate we are already witnessing many cutbacks within Local Authorities:

  • Care criteria being tightened
  • Day centres closing
  • Respite allocations reducing in many areas
  • Meals on wheels costs increasing dramatically
  • Care package costs increasing
  • Transport for disabled people either stopping or priced out of reach
  • Carers’ grants under threat

…………… and so the list could go on.

Add in the recent passage of the Welfare reform Bill which will see Disability Living Allowance become a Personal Independence Payment. Removing or reducing DLA will not only have an enormous financial impact on disabled people it will also impact on their carers – a double blow which will especially hit hard those families on the poverty line.

This is why we need a pause. To stop and assess how all these changes will impact on lives.

Sign Pats Petition here   Share the link and ask as many others to sign too, ask them to pass it on. Together we can do this.

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2 Responses to “Care reform must succeed where welfare reform failed”

  1. Last stages of the Legal Aid bill – time to stand up for access to justice « Carer Watch's Blog Says:

    […] already reported how this does nothing to alleviate financial hardship for family carers, and how the move from DisabilityLiving Allowance to a “personal independence payment” will impact carers as well as disabled […]

  2. Vanessa Says:

    Looks like they want all disabled people to be shut away in institutions like in times gone by and then to ignore what happens to them after that (after all quality of care is not guarrenteed), so long as it costs as little as possible no doubt. Alternatively where that is not an option they must work or starve regardless of ability to do a paid job. After all there are many people who die after being declared fit for work from what I have heard- including at least one person with terminal cancer.

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