State of Caring Carers UK State of Caring 2017 Report - Page 13

STATE OF CARING REPORT 2017 least likely to buy or receive practical support, with 28% of this group reporting they received none. Almost a third 29 % When asked how they feel about the practical support they might get in the future, 6 out of 10 people (63%) said they feel uncertain about what might happen and almost a third (29%) said they are worried that the support might be reduced. This was similar between groups. Only 8% of people said they were confident that the support they receive will continue. People providing care to a disabled child and sandwich carers were the least likely to say they were confident that the support they receive will continue (5%). said they are worried that the practical support they get might be reduced in the future Only 8 % Changing levels of support A third of people (34%) said they or the person they care for have experienced a change in the amount of care and support services they receive in the last year. Of these, almost 4 in 10 (39%) said the amount of care or support arranged by social services had been reduced and 13% said the care or support service was closed with no replacement offered. 7% said the amount of care or support reduced because the cost increased. said they were confident that the support they receive will continue Out of those who reported a change in the amount of care they receive in the last year, people caring for a disabled child under 18 and round the clock carers were slightly more likely to report their care had been reduced, with 42% and 41% of those in this group stating this, respectively. We need more but cannot afford it 3 out of 10 people (29%) of those who reported a change in the level of support said that the amount of care or support arranged by social services had increased because the need for support increased. My son received direct payments. I accompanied him for many years to his swimming lesson and cubs. His PA started to take him to these activities about 15 months ago. This has allowed for me to give time to my other children. It isn’t a break for me essentially but it helps as I would have had to choose one child’s needs over another This question has been asked consistently over the last few years and the evidence from carers shows a steady reduction in service provision, at times, with no alternatives. The compound effect of this is reflected in the overall social care provision statistics which demonstrate a reduction in the overall number of people receiving care. Most worryingly, some services are withdrawn completely, with no alternative offered. Sam goes to a day service 5 days a week. I wouldn’t cope if he didn’t have this and neither would he The budget was cut so we have to find an extra £130 a month for provision 13