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The debate focuses on the elderly, but hundreds of thousands of people of all ages are made to suffer because the vital help they need is being cut.

“In most discussions on social care, disabled people are largely reduced to euphemisms.”
‘In most discussions on social care, disabled people are largely reduced to euphemisms.’ Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

What do we think of when we hear the words “social care”? The crisis of funding may finally have propelled the issue on to the political agenda, but the term itself is still oddly obscure. To those who need it, social care essentially means a lifeline: a care worker to help you shower in the morning or cook a hot meal at night.

Nationally, while it’s mainly older people who rely on the system, disabled people represent a third of all social care users. That equates to around 400,000 working-age disabled people in England alone. But listen to ministers such as David Mowat…

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