Leonard Cheshire Disability has welcomed government action to give people the power to challenge councils’ decisions on what care they receive.
The charity has been campaigning to give everyone who needs care a right to appeal against decisions about the care and support they receive.
Today the government has proposed an amendment to the Care Bill to give powers to create a new system of appeals for social care in England.
Campaign director Jane Harris said: ‘Getting the right care is often a matter of life and death for millions of disabled and older people and their families. Until now people who are denied the care they need to get dressed, washed and eat have had no right to appeal their councils’ decision.
‘This is only a first step, but we are looking forward to working with the Department of Health to create a fair and consistent system that really works for disabled people. People who disagree with council decisions on where their children go to school can appeal – it is only fair that people who don’t get enough support to eat, wash and dress can do the same.’
The Care Bill is currently being debated by MPs and should become law in March. For further details visit http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2013-2014/0123/amend/pbc1233001m.239-245.html