Disability News


Key findings from Scope's research into social care for disabled people

Disabled people under 65 are a third of all social care users, but too often social care is viewed as an issue that only affects older people.

To understand how social care affects younger disabled people – and the impact of the funding crisis – we spoke to 500 disabled people aged 18-64 who use social care. 

They told us they are waiting fourteen hours to go to the toilet, sleeping in their clothes, being unable to eat or wash and left socially isolated.  

Over half of disabled people using social care (55 per cent) can’t get the support they need to live independently. Fewer than one in five disabled people (18 per cent) get the right social care.

Half of disabled people can't get the social care they need to live independently

One in three (33 per cent) who get social care expect it to get worse in the next five years.


Another one in ten disabled people (10 per cent) fear they will lose support entirely. 

One in 10 disabled people expect to lose social care altogether

83% of disabled people don’t have enough hours in their care package. 41% of disabled people get no choice or control over their care.

Four in 10 disabled people get no choice or control over care

Only one in eight (13 per cent) disabled social care users aged under 35 are currently getting enough support working or looking for a job.

This research exposes disabled people’s experiences of social care in England at a crucial point ahead of the spending review on 25 November 2015.

Scope is calling on the Government to use this opportunity to make the urgent investment needed. Disabled people’s lives depend on this investment.

From Scope