English Human Rights Commission Launches Inquiry Into Social Care

We are asking all Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations to encourage their members to respond to the EHRC Inquiry into Challenging Decisions About Adult Social Care

​​The EHRC has opened an inquiry into how older and disabled adults and unpaid carers can challenge local council decisions about social care and support in England and Wales. We are asking all Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations to encourage their members to respond to the Inquiry so that the needs and views of Deaf and Disabled people are heard.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People found that the UK government had committed “grave and systemic human rights abuses” against Disabled people, with one of the main areas they were focusing on being Article 19, Independent Living. Having robust procedures with which to challenge decisions is a fundamental part of Disabled people having choice and control over their care, and so being able to fully participate in their communities.

The EHRC want to understand people’s experiences of challenging, or trying to challenge, local council decisions about adult social care or support.

They want to know whether:

  • the existing ways of challenging decisions are effective and accessible
  • people are given enough information about their rights to care and support, and how they can challenge decisions
  • people can access high quality advocacy support to help them challenge decisions
  • local councils and other bodies learn from challenges to improve decision-making in future
  • there are effective systems in place to check that decisions are made well the first time round.

Further information and how to respond to the inquiry survey is here: Inquiry Challenging Decisions About Adult Social Care

If you are unable to respond, please do get in contact with Rachel.obrien@inclusionlondon.org.uk so we can try and incorporate any feedback or information you have into our response.

The inquiry deadline is the 15th of September 2021.