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Stuck at home
Tuesday 22 May 2012
Mencap report reveals that 1 in 4 adults with a learning disability are stuck at home due to cuts to day services
Nearly a third of local authorities have closed day services in the last three years, leaving 1 in 4 adults with a learning disability stuck at home.
These findings were revealed in Mencap's report 'Stuck at home: the impact of day service cuts on people with a learning disability', which was published today (22 May). The report exposes the heavy impact of cuts and increased charging for services on disabled people – leaving them feeling isolated, lonely and cut off from their communities.
The report brings together data gathered from a freedom of information request made to 151 local authorities in England, along with a survey of 280 people with a learning disability and their families, and nearly 200 professionals who work in the learning disability field.
'Stuck at home' shows:
- In the last three years, almost 1 in 3 local authorities have closed day services.
- Of these, 1 in 5 are not offering any form of alternative service.
- 57% of people with a learning disability known to social services do not receive any day service, compared to 48% in 2009/10.
- 3 in 5 local authorities have increased charges for going to day services, by an average of 70%.
In addition, nearly 9 in 10 respondents with a learning disability felt that they were not adequately consulted about the changes made to their day service, with 64% not having been asked for their views at all, despite local authorities having a legal duty to do so.
“Our social care system is letting down this country’s most marginalised adults,” said Mark Goldring, Mencap's chief executive. “It is deeply worrying that progress towards greater participation of disabled people in the community and mainstream society risks being undone by a failing system that has long been ignored and is now creaking under the pressure of increased demand and budget cuts.”
Watch the BBC's report on Mencap's findings
Take Mencap's action to email your MP about the social care crisis