Welfare reforms have left many disabled people effectively destitute. For them, this isn’t a cost-of-living crisis – it’s a cost-of-staying-alive crisis
This article is so rare as usually any mention, as the article says, is depicting disability in a very dismissive and aggressive way.
Yes, government policy and the TV programmes mentioned and others that are not create the impression that people with disabilities are not worthy. Yes, there will be a few who are abusing the system, but that is true in all aspects of life, but the majority just wish to live a reasonable life and should be allowed and helped to do so.
Surely that should be a human right for everyone.
Looking after someone with a disability is far from easy, I know for I have done so for some 40 years and my own health has deteriorated in doing so.
If social care was not in such a crisis then perhaps more help would be available, but due to many years of neglect due to massive insufficient funding social care is not what it should be, even though the carers employed are doing all they can with very limited resources and undertake responsibilities far in excess of the remunerations they receive. These carers could so easily earn much more with considerably less responsibilities outside of care, but they care and wish to care, while they too have the ability to do so.
Social care is so desperately short of funding and as we now see this is seriously impacting the care in the NHS as when patients needing social care can’t be discharged from hospitals due to the social care insufficiencies. Thereby restricting more persons to enter hospitals for health care, which is then seriously affecting numbers of ambulances available to attend emergency calls.
While, there has always been some deficiencies with social care funding, this started to become much more serious with the Tory austerity cuts from 2010 and has time as gone by the deficiencies with funding to local authorities as become much more serious.
While the government is starting to make some funding available, the amounts they are giving are massively way short of what is really required in both social care services for children and adults for the elderly are only one area of social care, but in many respects, with the government and media they appear to believe that it is only care for the elderly and even there the funding is wholly insufficient.
If funding of sufficient amounts is not immediately given to social care we can be saying goodbye to social care and many, if not all areas of the NHS. so, then no care for anyone, social or health.
We desperately need a government that is prepared to listen and then immediately take the appropriate action, before it is not too late.
Let’s hope that it is not already too late, but it sure is for some.
Source: Broke and disabled in Tory Britain: the reality of life on one meal a day | UK cost of living crisis | The Guardian