Housing

Mencap's vision is one where all people with a learning disability have the opportunity to live on an ordinary street, in an ordinary house, just like everyone else.

Many people with a learning disability do not get a choice about where they live or who they live with. They are often moved far away from their family and friends, especially if they have complex needs.

Many people with a learning disability want to live independently, but in most cases there are too many barriers for this to become a reality.

Mencap believes that all people with a learning disability should:

  • have a say in where they live and who they live with
  • have a range of different housing options available to them
  • be supported to live as independently as possible
  • receive enough funding to live in a decent home with the right support

To make this happen, Mencap campaigns for:

  • a housing benefit system that works for people with a learning disability
  • an ‘exempt accommodation' system that acknowledges the full range of additional costs of providing homes for those people which the mainstream system is unable to house
  • an improved community care assessment, which clearly states the housing needs of the individual and requires action to address these needs 

Tell us your experiences of housing

To aid our campaigning work on housing, we are interested in hearing about the experiences of people with a learning disability.

Housing for people with a learning disability

Our housing report sets out the findings of this research and reports where people with a learning disability live in England and Wales.

The Housing Timebomb

Our report about the housing crisis facing people with a learning disability and their older parents.

Latest on housing

Find out about any developments related to housing that may affect people with a learning disability.

Housing consultations

Mencap has responded to a number of recent developments in regulations and benefits, which we believe could adversely affect people with a learning disability and their families.