TAXPAYERS would save £14 million a year if Rishi Sunak ring fences respite care funding for disabled funds, new research has found.
A report by X Factor charity Together for Short Lives has calculated that reinstating the £434million cut from vital care social funding for disabled children would boost productivity for thousands of parents.
It would also reduce their number of sick days, improve their mental health and reduce the burden on the NHS.
The study calculated the total potential benefits to taxpayers from delivering short breaks to all parents of seriously ill children in the UK who have requested help.
The findings lay bare the economic cost of the Government’s decision to cut £434 million of funding from vital services for families of disabled children such as respite care and crucial equipment.
Together for Short Lives last night backed The Sun’s Give It Back campaign calling on the Chancellor to reinstate the money and class it as ring-fenced annual spending.
It wants Mr Sunak to use his upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review to pay back the money.
Jon Franklin from Pro Bono Economics who helped carry out the research, said: “Providing short breaks to parent carers helps those parents in a range of very practical ways, providing relief to people who are dealing with some of the most demanding and challenging situations imaginable.
“But our analysis shows that the benefits may not stop there.
GIVE IT BACK
Disabled children and their families are desperately struggling because of a lack of support.
We want the Government to reinstate the £434m of funding it has cut from early intervention services – such as respite care and vital equipment.
It is time for the Government to Give It Back.
The number of disabled children in the UK has risen to nearly 1 million over the past 10 years – up by a third.
But funding and support has been cut.
Families with some of the most vulnerable children in the country are struggling to cope.
That’s why we’re working with the Disabled Children’s Partnership to help them.
Together we can make a real difference and hugely improve the lives of disabled children and their families.
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“Short breaks for parents of seriously ill children could significantly reduce their stress and improve work attendance. That helps alleviate the burden on the healthcare system and increases productivity and tax revenue.”
Together for Short Lives said: “We’re calling on the government to take action and ensure that the short breaks ‘black hole’ is filled, so that families can get the respite support they so urgently need”, says Andy Fletcher, CEO of Together for Short Lives.
“The upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review is a perfect time for Whitehall to grab this issue, and put in place a centrally funded system that ensures that families across the country are getting the support that the government has promised, and they are legally entitled to.”
WHERE TO GET HELP
Contact A Family Support And Advice, 0808 808 3555
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) – for specialist legal advice
Newlife – a charity that provides help with equipment
GOV.UK – to understand your child's entitlements
National Autistic Society
youngSibs – great advice for brothers and sisters of a disabled child
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