Scrap social care charging

Please sign our petition demanding Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, scraps social care charging

We are calling on the Government to abolish social care charging. Please sign our petition demanding Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, scraps social care charging.

Sign the petition here.

Why is this important?

Thousands of disabled and older people throughout the Covid pandemic have experienced social care cuts and increases in care charging. Families are struggling to make ends meet and pay the week’s shopping bill. In some cases, people have to make an unenviable choice of heating the home or putting food on the table. Others are being pushed into debt.

Unlike the NHS, social care support is not free, and even people with a meagre income, including those on means-tested benefits, have to pay towards social care. Good social care support helps Disabled and older people to live fulfilling lives with choice, control and dignity. Good social care means people are clean, safe, have food to put on the table, have meaningful relationships, take part in their community, and enjoy life.

We are, therefore, calling on the government to abolish social care charging as part of social care reform. And in the interim, we call on the government to ensure Disabled and older people are not forced to pay for social care out of their benefits.

A Tax on Disability

Watch our powerful new film ‘A Tax on Disability’ explaining why social care charges are unjust and unfair and undermine Disabled people’s choice, control and right to independent living.