New report claims that care charges are driving people into poverty

Carers UK report that  rising care charges are putting older and disabled people at risk of not being able to afford to eat, heat their homes, wash or get essential support, says a new report published by the Coalition on Charging.

Based on a snapshot survey, the report, ‘Charging into poverty?’, reveals that rising charges for people to receive care in their own homes, are causing disabled and older people in England to reduce or even stop their support services.
The survey found that:

  • 80% of people surveyed who no longer use care services say the charges contributed to their decision to stop their support.
  • A fifth (22%) of people surveyed who are currently using support suggested they would stop if charges increased further.
  • 29% of respondents do not feel their essential expenditure (related to impairment/health condition) is taken into account in financial assessments to pay charges.
  • Nearly three quarters (72%) of people surveyed believe the Government should think about the charges people pay for support at home in adult care reform plans.

Since 1948 local authorities have been able to charge for care and support provided to help people remain living in their own home. Charging for care and support at home has become more common since the introduction of Community Care reforms in the early 1990s.

In May 2008 the Government launched a national debate on adult care reform in England in advance of a green paper. The Coalition on Charging is calling on Government to conduct a thorough review of the impact of care charges to be undertaken from 2008, and for these issues to be addressed in adult care reform in England.


Posted by Asif Yusuf

Publisher of Diversity Link



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