The voice of Lee Mangar trembles with exhaustion and outrage.
Throughout the pandemic, she cared for her increasingly ill father without getting compensated. She says from her home in Ipswich, “I’m going to cry now … I just want everyone to know what an absolutely shabby position Suffolk puts vulnerable people like my father in,” “I’m just lucky that I have the determination to keep fighting, because there are a lot of people out there who can’t stand up for themselves. “Her father, Harold, sold his house to support a move to Mangar’s home in a specially adapted extension.
Suffolk Council, however, stopped paying Mangar £ 844 a month for the treatment of her father, who has Lewy Body Dementia, after the move. Under the Care Act, to help them conduct regular duties, persons in need of care may demand direct compensation from their local authority to compensate caregivers, including family members.
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But there isn’t any income,’ says Mangar, who quit her nursery job to look after her father. We live on the pension of my father and borrow money from my mother, who is in assisted living. Mangar can hardly afford to buy the basics to care for him – let alone himself with his favorite take-out meals or new clothing.
She says that her dad needs special wipes that cost £ 4.75 a box. “I ran out of those and I don’t have enough money to buy them at the moment.”
So I had to use a kitchen roll today, which isn’t a good thing. Her case is far from unusual. The Guardian’s demands for freedom of information to 19 English councils facing high demand for social services indicate that since March, more than 3,700 working-age adults with physical or mental disabilities and almost 8,500 people over 65 have had the cash value of their care package decreased. 1,200 working-age adults with disabilities and almost 3,500 people over 65 have h.
And less than half of the 255,000 social care applications were approved by the new applicants for assistance, with just 41 percent receiving supported care packages between March and September in the 19 authorities. “The pandemic seems to make a bad situation worse,” says Caroline Abrahams, director of the Age UK charity. “There is no reason to believe that these people’s needs have dimmed.”
Between March and September, Devon County Council lowered the monetary value of 655 care packages for working-age adults and almost 2,000 care packages for over-65s, more than any other council.
For 571 working-age adults and 1,779 older people, Suffolk Council cut funding. The highest proportion of social care applicants were refused by the Staffordshire council: nearly two-thirds of the 16,443 individuals who approached the council for a care evaluation during the pandemic initially received either an offer of guidance, occupational therapy, or were referred to support organisations. The second highest rejection rate was effectively deemed bankrupt in 2018 by the Northamptonshire County Council, with more than a third of households and individuals turning down long-term care packages, which may provide help with everyday activities such as washing and cooking for day center trips. City councils have turned down a significant proportion of care requests and cut funding during day center trips.
With 194 working-age adults and 223 older people in the city, Liverpool declined 31 percent of nearly 3,500 social care demands while reducing the hours caregivers spent.
A quarter of the 18,500 social care applications were rejected by Birmingham and 27 percent by Solihull. Unpaid family members had to pick up the pieces, but they are tired and totally shattered in some situations. The pandemic has raised the demands on already overburdened local social care provider requirements