Purpose The purpose of this paper is to consider how austerity and managerialism impact advocacy services. It outlines the many roles advocacy encompasses and the benefits advocating contributes to the rebalancing of power. Design/methodology/approach This is a commentary on Watts’ article on UK policy underpinning advocacy for autistic adults. Findings It is suggested that advocacy is poorly funded and therefore access is limited at a time when advocating for autism is most needed. Originality/value This viewpoint extends the current debate around advocacy by considering its core function: solidarity with people seeking adequate support.