What is social care?

Social care is practical, professional support for people who need extra support with everyday life. This might be help with cooking, shopping, personal care or support with managing money or getting a job.

Tens of thousands of people with a learning disability and their family members currently get social care support which is funded by the government. This ranges from a few hours of support a week for some people to round-the-clock care for others.

The links below will take you through to pages on information so you can find out more about different parts of the social care system.

Special thanks to Irwin Mitchell Solicitors for helping us write this information.

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We surveyed 1,069 family carers of people with a learning disability to find out how they have been affected during the coronavirus lockdown by cuts to social care.

Our findings show the devastating impact of lockdown on people with a learning disability and that families are being pushed to the brink.

Find out more and what you can do to help.


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