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Charities warn adults with disabilities are being "failed"

Charities warn adults with disabilities are being
17th January 2013

Disabled adults are almost being forgotten about during social care reforms, campaigners have warned.

While much of the media focus has been on the care that older adults are currently receiving - and its funding - there are fears adults with disabilities are not receiving the support they need, the BBC reports.

A group of charities have come together to warn this situation will only worsen when the Dilnot report recommendations are implemented.

The proposed cap on the amount a person can contribute to their care will mainly be of benefit to older adults who have built up assets throughout their lifetime, something younger adults with disabilities will not have had chance to do.

As a result, less will be entitled to free care through the means-tested system.

The charities have carried out research that suggests as many as 40 per cent of disabled adults are getting enough help to cover basic needs such as getting dressed, washing and making sure they eat properly.

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of Scope, said: "This is shocking evidence of a system that has failed disabled people, effectively condemning them to a life without basic dignity and invisible to society."

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