Grandmother calls for social care funding security

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A GRANDMOTHER who lives with multiple sclerosis has spoken out about the difference social care makes to her life, and has joined a call for proper funding to secure the future of social care.

This follows new research from the MS Society showing the impact of years of cuts to social care on people with MS.

Avril Druce, who is 63 and from Hayling Island, was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in 2009 and cared for by her husband James. Her condition means she cannot walk.

She said: ‘Living with MS can be physically and mentally draining for the both of us, so I’m thankful we can have some time away from each other, where my husband knows I’m being looked after.’

The charity is calling for a long-term funding solution from the next government in order to meet the growing needs of disabled and older people.