This chart uses Scottish Government statistics to show one consequence of government policy on social care charges. Rising Social Care Charges are linked to falling numbers of people getting the vital support that we need. There has been much talk about “demographic time bombs” and the “growing demands” of disabled people. Yet this charts show that in just a few years the number of people getting help has fallen by thousands. As one senior member of a local authority social work department put it to us – “care charges are part of demand management.” However we have yet to hear anyone proclaim this policy a success. Perhaps this is something that is being kept quiet.