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Disabled and elderly people and their carers lobbied MPs last week to protest about the lack of social care and choices available for independent living. The protest was part of the ongoing “Our lives our choices” campaign, mounted by a coalition of charities and other associated organisations to raise awareness about the lack of investment in basic support services, such as help with eating and personal hygiene, and about society's continuing reliance on unpaid care.
The coalition says that stricter criteria on eligibility for social care are forcing people with disabilities to live in housing that is unsuitable for their needs and to rely on family and friends to support them. About 175000 children and young adults provide daily care for a disabled parent. The coalition is calling for support to be given to the Independent Living Bill, which was introduced by Lord Ashley of Stoke in June 2006.