General Article New research shows significant economic benefits from providing social care to disabled people

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The National Autistic Society, alongside Mencap, Scope, Sense and Leonard Cheshire Disability, has published a new report showing that investing in social care prevents disabled people falling into crisis, and as a result, leads to substantial economic benefits.

The in-depth study sets out that every £1 spent on services generates benefits to people, carers, local and central Government worth an average of £1.30.

The study comes as the social care crisis debate about who gets care and how it’s funded continues to make the headlines and as the Government’s Care Bill continues to make its way through Parliament.

The experts at Deloitte who worked with the charities on the report, analysed four services, including The National Autistic Society’s Horizons service, that are all used by disabled people who need a lower level of care – which may be just a few hours a week and could help with budgeting or timekeeping, for example.

The research showed that these services can prevent peop...

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