We could argue from now till Christmas about the government's economic policy and its priorities in spending. The fact is, as things stand, there isn't enough money to go round. And that seems to be impacting particularly on disabled people.
That's why it's disturbing to see that Worcestershire Council plans to bring in a "maximum expenditure policy", imposing a cap on the cost of social care packages. People with significant care needs are likely to be forced into care homes.
The campaigning disability group We Are Spartacus's new report, Past Caring, analyses the council's proposals. As well as criticising the council’s current consultation exercise, the report shows the proposed policy:
- Will mean disabled people get less support
- Will mean a deterioration in care standards and quality of life
- Could lead to disabled people forced into residential care, even if they don’t want to
- Could force disabled people to rely on charity for the help and support they need
- Goes against the recommendations of the Government’s flagship white paper on social care reform
- Could be open to a legal challenge
We're having to get used to a lot of new things. They say you can get used to anything. But not this. Never this.