A lack of government help and funding for disabled people and their carers is creating serious financial and mental hardship for the families affected.

According to the ‘End Social Care Disgrace’ campaign, 26% more people were supported in 2010 than they are now.

Not only are less people getting financial support but disabled, elderly people and others who need care and support face high charges for vital services, leaving thousands in poverty.

The absence of financial support means that 8 million unpaid, overworked family carers, including children and elderly relatives must provide vital support.

This lack of funding comes after the DHSC announced a £2 billion package of grants for social care for the next 2 years but a total of £600 million has been held back including £250 million which was promised to help plug staff shortages in adult social care.

This decision was criticised by council chiefs who said, ‘frail and vulnerable people will go without the care they need.’ The government said that the funding will be released later in the year based on performance and need.

A member of the booking team for Revitalise respite centre and charity, Janice said:

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