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Help us to campaign for better social funding

In the run-up to the Government’s Autumn Statement, we wanted to enable as many people as possible to share their view of what good care is.  Our aim was to attract public support in order to help us protect funding for social care.

Since 2010, cuts in spending have meant that adult social care is widely believed to be seriously underfunded so that many vulnerable people are not receiving the care they need.

The general public can be confused about what social care is, what it does and who pays for it. Adult Social Care is not just for the elderly – too often people forget that care can be needed at any stage of a person’s adult life. Our aim was to make the Government realise how important these essential services are to the lives of so many people.

What next?

On 23rd November 2016, the Government decided future spending commitments in its Autumn Statement. Ahead of the statement, we presented a wealth of postcards to the Chancellor Philip Hammond on Twitter through the hashtag #TellPhil. The postcards demonstrated what good social care is, what it means to people with support needs, and what will be lost if adult social care continues to be under funded.

Unfortunately, there was no mention of social care in the Autumn Statement. Although we are deeply disappointed by this, we are continuing to campaign for the Government to give social care the funding it so urgently needs.

Your support for this campaign is needed now more than ever before.

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We relaunched our Postcards from the Edges campaign to raise awareness of what good social care can do and highlight how the ongoing shortfall in social care funding is affecting people.

Following the disappointment of the Autumn Statement, it is more important than ever that we explain what social care means and what it does for the people who receive it. We need to demonstrate to the decision-makers at the highest level how important good social care is and continue to urge them to commit to properly funding it.


The campaign focuses on asking people to illustrate a postcard explaining what social care means to them – this could be through a drawing, a poem, a video message, a photo or any other creative way.

We want the views of everyone involved throughout the support chain from the person receiving care, to individuals giving care, both paid staff and family carers, friends, campaigners, self-advocacy groups, fellow organisations – in fact anyone that has a view on what social care is.

You could:

  • Have a disability; such as learning disabilities, mental health needs, physical disabilities or other impairments
  • Be a relative or carer of someone who is affected by disability
  • Work with disabled people
  • Want to support the rights of people with disabilities or mental health needs to be heard.


This collection of frequently asked questions (FAQs) provides brief answers to many common questions about Postcards from the Edges.

What will happen to the postcards?

Our usage policy

The postcards may be displayed online, in United Response print publications and as part of potential art exhibitions at Parliament, and may also be sold in our shop.

Terms and conditions

Before you submit a postcard, have a read through our terms and conditions.

If you have any questions or comments relating to Postcards from the Edges, please email

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