Elderly and disabled people who receive "flying" care visits are being forced to choose between staying thirsty and going to the toilet.
Today's benefit changes are about as sensitive as they come - which is why a cool head is needed to analyse the proposals
The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April.
Moving three million people onto a new type of disability benefit, the Personal Independence Payment, was always going to be a complex matter.
And so it has proved - too complex in fact, because the Government has decided to delay the national roll-out of the scheme.
Ministers insist that this isn't a sign of chaos - that they haven't lost control of events - but that's exactly what Labour is accusing them of.
The problem for Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, is that this is not the first of his flagship reforms to get into trouble.
Charity Citizens Advice has welcomed news of the delay to the roll-out of Personal Independence Payments, which are to replace Disability Living Allowance in supporting disabled people.
Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said:
– Gillian Guy
It is better to get the roll-out of personal independence payments done safely than done quickly. In light of the problems we've seen with the new system so far, delaying further roll-out is sensible.
The next step must be to ensure consistent, fair assessments and undoing the harsh new rules which will have a huge and damaging impact on many disabled people and their families.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves said the delay to the government’s Personal Independence Payment programme was the "latest example of chaos" in the Department for Work and Pensions.
She said: "The delivery problems we are seeing at the Department for Work and Pensions now risk descending into farce.
“But for thousands of disabled people who are already extremely anxious about the changes, this is no joke.”
Work and pensions minister Mike Penning has said that a gradual shift from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment will mean a the change can be handled "in a more gradual, controlled and manageable way".
Defending the delay, he said: "Introducing natural reassessment gradually enables us to test the claimant reassessment journey...
“This is in line with the way we have been introducing all our other programmes of change and we have made it clear that we would take a controlled approach to introducing PIP, learning lessons from live running.”
The move from Disability Living Allowance to the government’s new Personal Independence Payment system has been delayed.
Monday’s roll-out was due to be national but will now only affect claimants in Wales, East and West Midlands and East Anglia.
Work and pensions minister Mike Penning admitted the process was “taking longer than expected”.
A study, which has found some families could not afford basic necessities for their disabled children, has been labelled "disturbing", by the Children's Commissioner for England. Maggie Atkinson added:
Whilst most feel loved and supported, some cannot afford the basic necessities to live in dignity.
This is simply not good enough and breaches their rights. Disabled young people are already some of the most vulnerable members of our society and being raised in poverty makes this even more acute.
Ministers are being urged to hold an independent review into care for disabled children after research suggested some go short of food and clothes.
A study conducted for the Children's Commissioner found some families could not afford basic necessities for their disabled offspring.
The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation at the University of Central Lancashire said they spoke to 78 children and 17 parents, many of whom were on low incomes and said that benefits did not cover the extra costs they incurred dealing with the disability.
Councils are committed to helping people maintain their independence and dignity in old age and provide the best care they can on limited funds, the Local Government Association has said.
A report from the ECHR criticises the poor working conditions facing carers, which they say can lead to neglect and abuse.
– Chairwoman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board Katie Hall
As the report acknowledges, the social care system is under enormous strain, with unprecedented cuts to council funding making it increasingly difficult to meet the escalating demand for care which is being caused by our ageing population. While this means councils have to seek greater levels of efficiency, the quality of care remains the primary concern.
Poor working conditions for carers are leaving the most vulnerable people exposed to "neglectful or abusive treatment" at the hands of those meant to look after them, a new report has warned.
Care workers face a combination of inadequate pay, high pressure and a lack of support for looking after the elderly and disabled, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said.
Despite performing a role similar to a nurse, which requires "significant compassion and skill" and "maturity and resilience", carers are usually perceived to be "lower status".
EHRC commissioner Sarah Veale said conditions were contributing to a "high staff turnover" and were "putting older people's human rights at risk".