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Time to end the social care charging scandal

Social Care is unfair and a post code lottery. It is time for FREE home care. Thousands of disabled and older people throughout the Covid pandemic have experienced social care cuts and increases in care charging. Families and carers are struggling to make ends meet and pay the week's shopping bill. Others are being pushed into debt.

It really is a choice for some people between heating their home, or eating or paying the care charges. As Sue explains: "Out of the blue in August, my son got a bill for £4,500. He's nineteen, profoundly disabled. He lives in a care home. I have no idea how we can pay for it."

Social care was struggling before COVID-19 arrived but these last fifteen months have made things worse. Tens of thousands of disabled and older people who have died before their time from the virus. If social care had been properly funded some of those lives could have been saved.

We are, therefore, calling on the government to abolish social care charging and introduce free home care.  In the interim, we are urging the government to ensure Disabled and older people are not forced to pay for social care out of their benefits.

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