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To: Matt Hancock - Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Scrap Social Care Charging

Scrap Social Care Charging

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

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.

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. It would clear out most of his account, leaving him with as little as £100 a month to live his life for the rest of his life. We've yet to receive an explanation or how they expect us to pay, and I'm worried this is just the start."

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 to have meaningful relationships, and take part in community 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.

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Reasons for signing

  • As a disabled person who's charged a small fortune towards their care ot has completely wiped put withing two years what I had for putting towards starting my own business I could workforce covid is over this set up of charging feels like it is designed to keep disabled people out of work and below the poverty line
  • Being charged for being disabled and needing care and there nto being services to prove that care is discriminating.
  • Signed as my care charges are £87 per week which doesn’t leave me much spare.

Updates

2021-04-25 21:09:20 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2021-04-07 22:52:23 +0100

500 signatures reached

2021-03-31 21:12:16 +0100

100 signatures reached

2021-03-31 17:25:52 +0100

50 signatures reached

2021-03-31 14:45:15 +0100

25 signatures reached

2021-03-31 12:53:09 +0100

10 signatures reached