Social Care: MENCAP comments on tomorrow’s house of commons crucial vote
Tomorrow (Wednesday 30th March) the House of Commons will make a crucial vote about a government change to the cap on social care costs. Mencap has issued the following comment about the impact on working-aged disabled people.
Jackie O’Sullivan, Executive Director of Communication, Advocacy & Activism at learning disability charity Mencap, said: “Social care is in desperate need of reform, but these care cap proposals do not offer the solution to the problems facing working age disabled adults and they need a rethink. We are pleased that the House of Lords rejected them. The original Dilnot proposal was for everyone under the age of 40 to have a cap set at zero which would be the only fair way of delivering a system which works for everyone.
“People with a learning disability and their families care are already paying the price of a social care system ravaged by the pandemic – and things look set to get worse with inflation on a steep rise. We hope the House of Commons will do the right thing today and follow the Lords’ lead. Otherwise, vital funding for the system will be diverted away from the issues that matter like fair access to care and support, high quality support and better pay for care workers.”