National deafblind charity Sense has expressed disappointment in yesterday’s Government Spending Review, which announced that councils will be allowed to raise council tax for investment into social care.
Richard Kramer, deputy chief executive of Sense, said:
“We’re extremely disappointed by the lack of a long term vision for social care. Providing councils with the flexibility to raise revenue themselves for social provision isn’t a solution. The total that could potentially be raised by this “new power” across the rest of parliament is under £2bn. This is insufficient to make any real difference to a social care system that is quickly spiralling into crisis. The “new power” will have the least effect in the areas of the country where property values are lower, while we know that the need the need for social care is higher in areas with higher levels of poverty.
Social care is consigned to be the poor relation of public services at a time when it continues to face the biggest challenges with an unprecedented increase in demand for services by vulnerable and disabled people. Not only does this create further uncertainty for the sector, it also puts extra pressure on people who will have to struggle further with less support.
The rationing of social care has a knock on effect and will result in further demands on the NHS, undoing the additional funding that has been announced today. The NHS will, more regularly become the default backup, incurring wasteful costs when people would far rather be at home.”
The Limping Chicken is the UK’s deaf blogs and news website, and is the world’s most popular deaf blog. It is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.
Please note that the views of the writers are their own, and not necessarily the views of the Editor or site as a whole. Read our disclaimer here.
- Phonak: innovative technology and products in hearing acoustics
- Ai-Live: Find out 5 ways to fund live captions at your event!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- Clarion: BSL/English interpreting and employment services
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- Hearing Direct: Online hearing aids
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: online BSL learning and teaching materials
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- Sign Solutions:, language and learning
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- SDHH: Project Development and Consultancy
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people
- deafPLUS: Money advice line in BSL
- Happy: Microsoft Office courses taught in BSL and SSE by a Deaf trainer – all abilities catered for
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Ozen: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- DCAL: Find out how to study at the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre, London
- cSeeker: Deaf-led educational communication support service
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- Sarah Gatford: BSL interpreting, training and consultancy
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people