General Article Why investing in social care could boost the economy by helping disabled people be independent

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Investment in social care could generate between £6 billion and £20 billion for the economy by helping disabled people into work, disability charity Leonard Cheshire reveals. To champion the life-changing and empowering impacts of social care, it is launching a new campaign, Care for Equality. Find out more and how you can get involved.

By Leonard Cheshire

If the government reforms social care it could boost the economy by £6 billion to £20 billion, including £1-4 billion in income tax.

Our new findings, based on economic modelling (see more on this below), show social care has the potential to pay for itself, with previous studies by The Health Foundation indicating an additional £2-12.2 billion is needed annually to bridge the social care funding gap.

More widely available social care would allow many disabled people to increase their income through entering work, progress existing careers or increase their working hours.

More importantly, it would empower disabled people to live...

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