Social care

Social care is essential for anyone with sight loss.

Protecting social care support

The Care Act came into force in April 2015. Our challenge is to ensure that these regulations and guidance are implemented by local authorities, ensuring blind and partially sighted people have access to rehabilitation and care support. 
The regulations and guidance which underpin the Care Act state: 
  • For the first time rehabilitation for blind and partially sighted are acknowledged in statutory guidance.
  • Rehabilitation services must be provided to people based on their needs and shouldn’t be limited to six weeks.
  • Everyone who has a need for rehabilitation support should receive it. Local authorities cannot restrict access to the service based on a person’s eligibility for care and support.

This Social care campaign is focused on legislation in England, but you can find out how you can get involved in the rest of the UK by visiting our campaigning in your area section.

Take action to protect rehabilitation services

Rehabilitation provides people with the skills they need to be independent and to access and participate in their community. It can also reduce or prevent a person from needing far more costly care and support. Councils across England are currently setting their budgets for 2016/17 and beyond. We need as many people as possible to contact their local council to ask them to protect budgets for rehabilitation services. 

What should I expect from my council?

Understanding what support you should expect to receive from your council can be confusing. To help we have highlighted the top 10 things that you should expect. 

Resources for local authorities and councillors

If you work for a local authority, take a look at our updated briefing on how the Care Act should be implemented.

Social care campaign news

We're campaigning to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have access to rehabilitation and social care services as well as ensuring that blind and partially sighted people's needs are met by the Care Act. 

Find out what we're doing on Social care