The gap widens

A new piece of economic research by Scope and the Disabled Children’s Partnership exposes that the funding gap for disabled children’s health and social care has continued to increase to £2.1 billion – an increase of over £500 million since our last calculation in 2016/17. 

But the research also shows that it makes economic – as well as moral – sense to invest in support to children and families, as reduced longer costs and increased tax revenues would mean that over-time there would be net gains for public finances. 

The research represents a key addition to our #GiveItBack campaign, which calls for a fair funding settlement for disabled children’s health and social care. The gap widens is authored by Development Economics, commissioned by Scope with the DCP. 

The funding gap figures in the report expose that countless disabled young people are not getting the health appointments and therapies they need. It means countless parents are not getting respite care. It means that countless families up and down the country face huge amounts of unmet need. 

British Academy of Childhood Disability is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1177868
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