Care cuts have left one million disabled people stranded. They deserve a life, too

Benefit tales

The government chooses to believe that disabled people aren’t the sameas everyone else and can just make do with being fed, watered and cleaned – forget going to the pub

If Britain were tasked with finding its deepest wound from Conservative cuts, we would not be short of options. Think food banks, evictions, and destitution. But it’s social care – gutted by £4.6bn worth of cuts since 2010 with another billion to be cut this year – that is emerging as the greatest crisis. Over one million disabled people are now living without social care, according to research by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability, published today. Almost half the disabled people in Britain who say they need support aren’t receiving any at all.

As the report shows, the reality of that is truly distressing: disabled people without sufficient care who have become physically sicker as…

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