Government changes to ‘sleep-in’ payments are threatening to take away vital support from thousands of disabled people. This support allows them to live a safe and independent life in the community.
The care sector has been landed with a £400 million bill, and many providers now face bankruptcy. The Government has caused this problem and only they can fix it.
Why is Mencap campaigning?
The Government’s bill of £400 million to the care sector is a threat to the vital support thousands of disabled people receive; support which allows them to live a safe and independent life in the community.
This massive bill could mean the end of social care as we know it.
The sector is now faced with a real and potentially overwhelming funding crisis as care providers and local authorities have to find additional money. Money which, is many cases, simply isn’t there. Mencap have created a petition, calling on the Government to avert a crisis in the sector.
They are urging the Government to fix the problem they have caused by:
- stopping any HMRC enforcement action until the law is clarified and a final, clear decision is made on back-pay
- accepting their responsibility and making an urgent, public commitment to fund the back-pay bill.
The future care of the most vulnerable people in our society must be protected.
On Wednesday 27 July 2017 the Government announced a 2 month suspension of HMRC’s enforcement action. But this did not address the catastrophic impact of the back payments on the sector.
How you can help
The petition aims to #StopSleepInCrisis by calling on the Government to fix the problem that they have caused.