A Tax on Disability - Our Response to Redbridge Councils Charging Policy
Many disability campaigners call charging for care and support in Adult Care Services a tax on disability. Disabled people and carers in Redbridge have already been significantly disadvantaged by welfare reforms and cuts to social care. Redbridge’s proposed charging policy will leave more Disabled people with an income and savings which is insufficient to cover the additional costs of impairment and ill-health.
One Place East is also concerned that higher charges will deter people from accessing social care services and this will result in greater costs to the public purse in the long term including more admissions to residential homes, nursing homes and hospitals.
We also believe that Redbridge Council still has flexibility in the choices it makes when targeting cuts. For example, according to Redbridge Council’s Unaudited Draft Statement of Accounts 2016/17, there is £166m of Usable Reserves. We are recommending that 5% is released to ameliorate cuts in core services impacting on Disabled, frail, older people and carers.
You can read our response and recommendations here