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      Updated 3 Jun 2013
      Social care
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      Hearing loss and deafness can lead to people feeling isolated and socially excluded. We look at the importance of access to social care and support.

      The social care and support provided through local authorities is essential to many people who are deaf or have hearing loss, so they can stay healthy, maintain their independence, and play an active role in their communities. However, provision of (and access to) these services varies.

      Our research report, 'The provision of social care for people with hearing loss' is based on responses from heads of adult services in 64 local authorities in England and eight local authorities in Wales. It builds a picture of local authorities’ approaches to:

      Understanding need

      Do local authorities in England and Wales assess the level of need, and make plans to support, people with hearing loss?

      Meeting need

      What services are on offer to meet the needs of people with hearing loss?

      Access to services

      How can people with hearing loss access the services provided by local authorities?

      Service cuts

      How are government spending cuts affecting services for people with hearing loss?

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