The Government is failing in its aim to achieve fairer charging for home care, according to a coalition of more than 200 national charities.
A new report, entitled The Costs of Care, launched by the Coalition on Charging, says that even though the Government implemented new guidance on home-care charges last year, many disabled and older people are still paying for essential services out of their state benefits.
The coalition, which includes charities such as Mencap, Scope and Age Concern, says that this leads many people - who desperately need help - to reduce the amount of home care that they receive.
"It is unfair to expect disabled people to pay for everyday services they need that others take for granted," said Richard Holmes, chair of the Coalition on Charging.
"Education and health services are essential and so should be free for all - the same should then also apply to community care services."
More than half of those questioned for The Costs of Care report say that current government policies have had a negative effect on their income and lifestyle.