Social care charging resources
Campaigning tools and resources to challenge social care charging
Inclusion London’s long term aim is to transform social care and to create a national care service that is free at the point of use, which covers everyone and we all contribute to. In the meantime, however, campaigners across the country are coming together to challenge the unfairness of social care charging. We are urging Matt Hancock to scrap social care charging and we are also campaigning to increase the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) level and improve Disability Related Expenditure policies so that Disabled people and families keep more money in their pocket for essential living costs
Take action and sign our #ScrapCareCharging petition
We are calling on the Government to abolish social care charging. Please sign and share our petition demanding Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, scraps social care charging.
Scrap social care charging film
A powerful film explaining why social care charges are unjust and unfair and undermine Disabled people’s choice and control and right to independent living.
Social care charging: know your rights webinar
This video will help you to understand your rights around social care charging, financial assessment and how to dispute them and the ins and outs of Disability Related Expenditure.
Let’s talk about… Charging for Care and Support
This is a recording of a webinar aimed at anyone who wants to know more about social care charging in non-residential setting i.e people living in their own homes or in supported living.
Scrap Care Charging Coalition
A webinar produced by the Scrap Care Charging Coalition – a group of campaigners and organisations from up and down the country talking about their experiences of challenging and campaigning against social care charges.
Disability Justice Project resources
The Disability Justice Project website has a section on care charging which sets out useful information about financial assessments, eligibility, care planning and direct payments.
Template letter to request a review of a financial assessment
Download our template letter to requesting a review of your financial assessment
Things your local authority should have told you about social care charging.
These key messages are a useful summary of the things people need to know about care charging and the responsibilities and duties of local authorities.
BBC Radio 4, The Cost of Care
File on 4 investigates the new challenges of providing home care during the Covid-19 pandemic – with some recipients seeing their care costs increased while their hours are reduced. Exploring reports of financial assessments being neglected, and allegations that people’s basic needs are not being met, we ask if some of society’s most vulnerable are being made to shoulder the cost of local council funding gaps.
You can watch the programme here BBC Radio 4 – File on 4, The Cost of Care
Hammersmith and Fulham is the only council in the country to provide free comprehensive home care
“It was therefore a good day in 2015 when my colleagues and I made Hammersmith & Fulham the only council in the country to abolish home care charges. At that time, we funded this new approach by cutting millions of pounds from the council’s PR budget. Since then, we’ve maintained a ruthless approach to financial efficiency: cutting layers of unnecessary management; re-negotiating contracts; stripping out a record £118m of wasteful council spending – all money now being used to improve front line services such as adult social care.”
You can read the full article here https://lbhfmailings.org.uk/BGN-7D989-0B66C4727E10EDB85MZE9Z7605B696AAE18C88/cr.aspx
BBC Radio 4, You and Yours
This episode examines social care charging and includes an interview with Hammersmith and Fulham Council which is the only council in the country to provide free comprehensive home care. You can listen to the programme here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000wsxr
The Norfolk Judgement – Using the law to challenge social care charges
The High Court found that Norfolk County Council’s proposed new charging policy discriminated against people with high support needs because they would be charged proportionately more than those with lower support needs.
- The link to the judgment https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2020/3436.html
- A blog explaining the judgment https://jennymorrisnet.blogspot.com/2021/01/using-law-to-challenge-charges-for.html
- Advice from lawyers about the impact on other local authorities https://www.cascaidr.org.uk/uploads/CounselsAdviceforCASCAIDrontheimplicationsoftheNorfolkDecisiononCareCharges.pdf
Social care cuts and charging survey
Have you experienced social care cuts or an increase in care charges in the last 12 months? Social Care Future along with other partners, individuals and family carers are looking to raise awareness of the issues of increased charges, and need your help.
Please take a few minutes to fill in the survey here
Judicial Review Implementation and Monitoring Group Norfolk (JRIMG)
JRIMG is a disabled people’s led group of activists working to make sure the Norfolk judgment has a broad an impact as possible.
- You can join the Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/233139401622944/
- Follow on Twitter here https://twitter.com/JrMonitoring?s=20
Adult Social Care Warriors Facebook Group
A Facebook group for Parents and Carers to share and support each other through the minefield of Adult Social Care
Warrior Carers West Sussex
Warrior Carers West Sussex is a group within West Sussex run by volunteer carers. We campaign and offer support for carers and the people they care for. We are on Facebook (20+) Warrior Carers West Sussex | Facebook this is a private FB group, but it is easy to join. We have also have a whatsapp group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be added.
National Independent Living Support Service (NILSS)
Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) has produced a document ‘Independent Living for the Future’ Our vision for a national independent living support system, including an easy read version which can be accessed and downloaded here ‘Independent Living for the Future’