Social care – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Regression

There has been a sustained or severe regression in the enjoyment of human rights, or a significant reduction in human rights standards or protections in law or policy

Amid rising demand and funding constraints, more people were being declined care in the years prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and social care provision has reduced further during the pandemic. In response to the pandemic, the UK Government modified the legal obligations in relation to social care provision for both adults and children. The pandemic has had a severe and disproportionate impact on the human rights of disabled people and older people, particularly those living in residential care homes. The UK Government has introduced proposals to overhaul the funding of adult social care and announced £5.4 billion in additional funding over the next three years.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on social care.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 30/09/2021