A Fair Society – How the cuts affect disabled people by Simon Duffy
Full details can be found here – The Centre for Welfare Reform
The government seems to have made no effort to understand the cumulative impact
of its cuts on minority groups, especially those with the greatest needs. It has rejected
calls for a ‘Cumulative Impact Assessment’ of the cuts despite the obvious fact that
those with the most severe disabilities now face the combined impact of:
Social care cuts
Regressive tax increases
For this reason The Centre for Welfare Reform, on behalf of the Campaign for a Fair
Society, has done its own analysis -
Using the government’s own figures, it is clear that by 2015, in England alone, local
government and housing will be cut by
£16.2 billion. This is a cut in real terms of 41.9%.
Social care for children and adults makes up
60% of all spending over which local
authorities have any control. Data collected over the past two years indicates that social
care has already been cut by nearly
£4 billion, and will be cut by £8 billion by 2015, a cut
of about 33%.
Benefits for disabled people and the poorest will also have been cut by
£18 billion, a cut
of about 20%.
When we look at the combined impact of all the cuts we find:
People in poverty (
21% of the population) bear 39% of all cuts.
Disabled people (
8% of the population) bear 29% of all cuts.
People with severest disabilities (
2% of the whole population) bear 15% of all cuts.