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‘Cuts forcing English councils to limit social care’

95-year-old Cyril Gillam no longer gets home help visits

Almost 90% of councils in England no longer offer social care to people whose needs are ranked low to moderate, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) has said.

The group is warning cuts are making the care system “unsustainable”.

The government says councils have been given an extra £1.1bn to help protect social care this year.

But charities say hundreds of thousands of people are struggling without help.

When someone applies for social care, their needs are determined as either critical, substantial, moderate or low.

In recent years the number of councils able to help those at the lower end of the scale has gone down as they struggle to balance their budgets.

New research says many carers have reached ‘breaking point’

Carers are “pushed to the brink,”

First published 01:35 Thursday 11 September 2014 in Bradford Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by Rob Lowson, T&A Reporter

MANY people acting as carers for older or disabled loved ones have reached “breaking point”, new research has revealed.

A study of more than 5,000 carers by the charity Carers UK has found that six out of ten are being “pushed to the brink,” with a quarter requiring some form of medical treatment due to their role, 63 per cent suffering from depression, and 79 per cent from some form of anxiety.

Now UN sparks fury after launching human rights investigation into Britain’s disability benefit reforms

UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has opened probe

  • Will check if there has been ‘grave violations’ of rights of disabled people 
  • MPs tonight branded the investigation ‘politically motivated’
  • Earlier this year a group of UN ‘ambassadors’ attacked UK welfare reforms

By Jack Doyle for the Daily Mail

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The United Nations sparked fury today after launching an unprecedented inquiry into Britain’s treatment of the disabled.

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities launched a formal probe into whether this country has committed ‘grave or systemic violations’ of the rights of disabled people.

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