Many people with a learning disability need social care services to lead fulfilling and independent lives. With more people needing support and major cuts being made to social care, the social care system is in crisis. Mencap is campaigning at local and national level for a properly funded social care system so every person with a learning disability gets the support they need.
Reform of social care - what has happened so far
In July 2012, the government published the Care and Support White Paper, outlining its plans for reforming the social care system in England. Alongside these, the government published a progress report outling how they are going to reform the way social care is funded.
- Find out Mencap’s reaction to the plans
- Download 'Top 5 things to know about reforms'
- View the government’s plans on the Department of Health website
- Draft Care and Support Bill - Mencap briefing
- Draft Care and Support Bill - Mencap briefing - easy read version
- Draft Care and Support Bill - Mencap's response 2012
- Draft care and Support Bill - Care and Support Alliance (CSA) response 2012
Petition to ringfence funds
Following the BBC documentary 'Letting Go', parent Rosa Monckton launched an online petition calling on the government to ringfence funds allocated to the care of people with a learning disability and asking the government to review the way in which money is spent. You can sign this petition at the E-petitions website.
Social care in crisis report
The Learning Disability Coalition has published the results of its third annual survey of local authorities, revealing huge cutbacks to local authority care.
- Read Mencap’s views on the recommendations on the Funding of Care and Support.
- Read a blog from our campaigns assistant and learning disability spokesperson, Ismail Kaji.
- Read Mencap's briefing on Fairer care funding: the report of the Dilnot commission.
- Read Mencap's response to the Government's consultation on adult social care.
Time to invest in social care
The Care and Support Alliance was set up in July 2009. It is a consortium of over 70 organisations that represent and support older and disabled people, including disabled children, those with long-term conditions and their families, and campaigns to keep adult care funding and reform on the political agenda.
Aside from the strong moral case for more funding, the Care and Support Alliance believes that the economic case is just as compelling.
To make both cases, the Alliance has published a booklet based on 13 real life experiences, which all show the immense value of social care. With two weeks to go until the Spending Review, we are presenting this booklet to the Chancellor George Osborne – urging him to invest in social care.
- Download the Care and Social Alliance document: 'Time to invest in social care'
The Independent Living Fund
We are also very concerned about the phasing out of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) which is due to take place by 2015. The fund provides support to individuals to live independently, and since the announcement of the cut we have heard from many individuals and families who are deeply worried about the future of their care and support, which is partly funded by the scheme.
The government has clearly stated that it is the responsibility of councils to cover the money provided by the ILF. But with extra pressure on budgets, we fear that local authorities will be unable to replace ILF and provide care packages.
Mencap is working closely with others in the disability community to ensure that individuals who currently receive ILF will not lose the care and support they need.
- Read 'The Future of the Independent Living Fund'
- Read Mencap's response to 'The Future of the Independent Living Fund'
- Read Mencap's response to the government's consultation on adult social care
People with a learning disability and their families are seeing their social care support cut in a variety of ways, from centres closing to eligibility tightening to personal budgets shrinking.
Mencap, along with Scope, Sense, National Autistic Society and Leonard Cheshire Disability, has highlighted the problems faced by disabled people in a report called The other care crisis.
Read more about the government's plans to reform social care in England.