Disability charity United Response has launched a report highlighting the role played by social care and why access to good support is so vital for service users and their families.

'Life Support' contains a series of firsthand accounts from service users detailing what good support should look like and how it could be improved for disabled people.

United Response's chief executive, Su Sayer, said: "This year, parties across the political spectrum will be faced with the unenviable, yet vital, task of rebuilding a social care system which is buckling under the weight of increased demand and limited resources. "The Life Support report shows just how crucial social care is to people's daily lives.

For some people it means being able to complete basic but essential tasks, such as washing, cooking, shopping and living with dignity. For others it means being able to develop independence and contribute meaningfully to society through employment or volunteering.  "What is clear is that without this vital support many people would simply be trapped in their homes struggling with loneliness and deteriorating physical and mental health."

It's hoped this new report will inform the Government's thinking ahead of the adult social care White Paper, due in the Spring, which will make a major impact on the provision of social care in the UK. A full copy of the Life Support report is available here.