Disabled children and their families sometimes wait for up to a year for aids such as wheelchairs, a social care watchdog review has found.
The Care Quality Commission have published a report today revealing that disabled children could wait up to a year to receive aids.
Over a thousand disabled people are to lose their jobs in a government decision to stop funding Remploy factories.
Para-Equestrian gold medalist Sophie Christiansen has said that the UK needs to "narrow the gap" between how it views Paralympians and attitudes towards disabled people in general.
Sophie told ITV News: "I think a year ago at the Paralympics everyone was at an all-time high. perceptions of disability had really changed. I think a tear on perceptions are still changing, they're still positive towards Paralympians and to a certain extend disability.
"I do think a slight negativity is creeping in, in terms of stories in the news about 'benefit scroungers'.
"We really need to narrow that gap between Paralympians and the regular disability community. You can be disabled and not do sport and still do amazing things."
The disability charity Scope has blamed "'benefit scrounger' rhetoric" for the worsening attitude towards the disabled.
An ITV News poll has shown that more than 80% of disabled people say that attitudes towards them have not improved since the Paralympics:
The starting gun has been fired on the legacy debate.
Changing attitudes is at the heart of legacy. The Paralympics were a break-through moment. Disabled people had never been so visible. Disability had never been talked about so openly. But you don't change society in a fortnight.
Speak to disabled people and the same issue comes up: 'benefit scrounger' rhetoric; the divisive myth that most people on benefits are skivers.
Disabled people say they feel like they've done something wrong, because they need support to do the same things as everyone else.
The Government must stop the scrounger rhetoric once-and-for-all.
– Alice Maynard, Chair of disability charity Scope
The Paralympics has inspired a small number to be more involved in sport or the community.
But ultimately it comes down a simple point: if you don't have the support you need to get up, get washed and get out of the house; if you're struggling to pay the bills - it's a big ask to join a tennis club.
Almost a year on from the start of London Paralympics, the disability charity Scope is arguing that its legacy "hangs in the balance". A survey carried out for ITV News reveals that nearly a quarter of disabled people believe attitudes towards them have got worse since the Paralympics.
Disabled people are warning that short term improvements in public attitudes, sport and community involvement are being undermined by 'scrounger rhetoric', a crisis in living standards and a squeeze on local care.
In a survey of 1,000 disabled people carried out for ITV News :
- 80% do not think attitudes towards them have improved in the last twelve months
- 22% saying that things have actually got worse, and most of them blaming "benefit scrounger" rhetoric
- 1 in 5 disabled people report they have either experienced hostile or threatening behaviour or even been attacked
- 100 days after the Paralympics 72% had said that the Paralympics had a positive impact on attitudes towards the disabled in general.
The man who fought to give people with disabilities more rights has died. Alf Morris passed away after a short illness on Sunday. Labour's Leader in the House of Lords, Janet Royall, said:
Very sad to learn that Alf Morris died on Sunday after a short illness. He transformed the lives of disabled people in the world
Alf Morris's Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act was the first o give rights to people with disabilities. He as a fantastic campaigner
The London Paralympics is in many ways a legacy of Alf Morris's visionary Act which gave disabled people rights
The Government will be accused of being "fundamentally dishonest" about its policies towards disabled people today.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber will tell a conference that disabled workers are being hit more than other groups by the coalition's austerity cuts.
He will tell the TUC's Disabled Workers Conference: "No group of people is more affected by the Government's savage, ideological austerity than disabled workers. It's no exaggeration to say that when it comes to disability, there is a fundamental dishonesty about Government policy."
Drivers with disabilities say they're angry at a council's decision to charge them for parking.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is imposing the charges from August. Blue disabled badge holders will be charged a normal parking fee on top of the £10 it costs for the annual blue badge.
Government plans could mean up to 500,000 people lose their disability benefits. The Work and Pensions Secretary Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, wants introduce radical reforms to slash the annual cost by £2.24 billion.
Under the reforms:
- Disability living allowance would be replaced by the personal independence payment
- Two million claimants would be reassessed in the next four years
- People without limbs may no longer be entitled to benefits as their mobility is not undermined by prosthetic limbs
Labour spokesperson for care and older people Liz Kendall MP has said the crisis in care for older people has been made worse by the Coalition budget cuts.
Labour spokesperson for care and older people Liz Kendell has accused the government of being "completely out of touch with the scale or urgency of the crisis in care." She said:
– Liz Kendell
They refuse to acknowledge that their cuts have pushed a system that was already under pressure close to breaking point, and they have repeatedly delayed their White Paper on social care.
Labour is determined to play our part in trying to get cross-party agreement on the changes older and disabled people and their families desperately need.
We want legislation on long-term care funding in this Parliament, rather than simply producing a 'progress report', which is the Government's current plan.
A Department of Health spokesman said:
We absolutely agree that the social care system is in need of reform.
We have worked with people, including care providers and charities, to see what changes they want made in care and support.
Their feedback - more than 600 formal responses - has shaped the forthcoming White Paper. This will make sure we create a sustainable system that will mean people and their carers get the quality of care they want.