Crippen hears from ROFA about the unfairness of Social Care Charging

The Reclaiming Our Future Alliance (ROFA) ‘Scrap Care Charging Campaign’ gathers momentum as they call for an end to the draconian system currently in place along with a call to government for much needed reform and investment.

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In their current newsletter ROFA state that Social Care charging is unfair and a post code lottery. Thousands of disabled and older people throughout the Covid pandemic have experienced social care cuts and increases in care charging. Families and carers are struggling to make ends meet and pay the week’s shopping bill. Others are being pushed into debt. It is time to end the social care charging scandal.

Why we Need Change Now

We all want to live a good life, with meaningful relationships and doing things that are important to us. Many Disabled and older people need social care support to do simple things in life. Unlike the NHS, however, social care support is not free and even people on very low incomes, including those on means-tested benefits, are often asked to pay for it.

There is no time for delay and no room for excuses. The Government must urgently reform and invest in social care and end the social care scandal. It should be on equal terms with the NHS, free at the point of delivery and based on the lived experiences of disabled people, older people, parents and carers.

Email Your MP and Share on Social Media. Reduce your social care charges today.  

Inclusion London

As part of the campaign against care charging, Inclusion London is launching a beta version of DRE bot, a chatbot designed to make a process of claiming disability related expenditure (DRE) more accessible. It generates a letter at the end which people can send to their local authority. You can find it here.


Reclaiming Our Future Allowance (ROFA) membership is open to individual disabled people living in England and to all DPOs, disabled peoples groups or networks in England who are:

At least 75% controlled by Disabled people e.g. 75% or more of Management Committee / Boards or Steering groups are made up of Disabled people and;

sign up to the social model of disability and support the principles & values of ROFA as detailed in this Term of Reference

ROFA also has an affiliate membership for allies of ROFA – both organisations and individuals can be affiliate members. Affiliate members do not have voting rights.

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A wheelchair user is sat at a table on which are piled boxes with ‘Food’, ‘Heating’, and ‘Household Expenses’ printed upon them. At his feet is another box with ‘Transport’ written upon it and around his shoulder is a bag with ‘Debt’ written upon it. He is looking confused and is pointing to the boxes. Opposite him stands two ‘official’ looking people. One is holding a piece of paper that has ‘Social Care Package’ printed upon it. The other is holding a piece of paper with ‘Further Increases in Social Care Charging’. One of them is saying to the disabled person: “Surely you didn’t expect to get enough money to pay for everything?!”

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