Watchdog Warns Social Care Is At ‘Crisis Point’ And Calls For Legal Right To Independent Living

By John Pring in Disability News Service.

The equality and human rights watchdog has warned that social care is at “crisis point” and has called on the government to introduce a legal right to independent living, just 24 hours after Boris Johnson failed again to honour his promise to fix the system.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said yesterday (Wednesday) in a new briefing paper that many disabled people were being left “without the vital support they need to live independently” as part of their community.

It warned that, since the first of a succession of Tory-led governments came to power in 2010, “rising demand and substantial reductions in government funding have led to increased levels of unmet need”, with real-terms council spending on social care in England about £400 million lower in 2018-19 than in 2010-11.

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