We all have a right to Access Social Care

by Access Social Care

We all have a right to Access Social Care

by Access Social Care
Access Social Care
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We are a small, growing charity providing free legal advice to people in England to get the care they are entitled to.
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Access Social Care
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We are a small, growing charity providing free legal advice to people in England to get the care they are entitled to.
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We are a team of dedicated lawyers, providing free legal advice and information for people with social care needs, helping achieve a better quality of life. We are working towards a future where social care is adequately funded and we all get the support we need. 

Without access to justice, our rights may as well not exist.

Summary 

Social care ensures people are fed and washed, prevents loneliness, and safeguards basic human dignity. But 75% of local authority leaders have said they are so underfunded, they are not confident they will meet their legal duties to provide social care. Imagine if 75% of NHS leaders said they couldn’t provide a GP service to their local communities! This is no different.

Call to action

We are growing community-led, place-based hubs to ensure we are reaching the poorest and most marginalised people in our society.  We need to raise £200k over the next year to ensure we have three fully functioning legal hubs in the Southwest, London/South East and North West England.  If we raise enough funds to fully staff each hub we can reach 4,500 individuals who are desperately in need of our help.

What are we trying to achieve? 

Every day across the UK, millions of older and disabled people are denied the social care they need and have a right to. 

Furthermore, with 67% of areas in England and Wales having no community care legal aid providers, this means that people with social care needs cannot challenge unlawful decisions. We live in a civilised society that is governed by law, it is shocking that individuals rights are being denied on a daily basis. 

Our interventions change, improve and literally save lives.

Recently we secured waking night support for a gentleman dying of cancer after he was refused by the Local Authority. We helped a 90-year-old woman with dementia who was going hungry and living in squalor, secure appropriate housing and support following a mis-assessment and we also secured an uplift of direct payments for a local group of people in receipt of care in the community not getting the appropriate level of support to live safely and independently.

These injustices have fallen unfairly across the country and across ethnicity. Whilst wealthier areas have managed to safeguard their spend on social care, the worst off areas have made more than 30% cuts to their social care spend since 2010.

Our work ensures we reach thousands of people who are not receiving the Care and Support that is their right. Social Care matters – it changes, improves, and saves lives. The chances are we will all need social care at some point in our lives. Whether you are an elderly person in a care home, a person who needs a few hours of support in their home or a parent or carer seeking support for their loved one.

Many people that we support are not aware that they are entitled to social care, and worse still too often people are denied the social care that is their right.

We work with communities to increase confidence in using the law and a rights-based approach positively and early on to improve outcomes and uphold rights. We believe in early intervention to avoid conflict. We never go to court, but with a 98% success rate, our network of lawyers and barristers ensure fair access to justice when things go wrong. 

Thank you for your support, we rely on donations to do the work that we do. Together we can make a world of difference! 

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