Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

15 August 2014
NHS England has today (15 August 2014) published its third set of quarterly data, looking at the number of people with a learning disability in inpatient settings in England.
14 August 2014
Following a number of serious concerns raised by the Challenging Behaviour National Strategy Group (CB-NSG), families and campaigners, the National Audit Office (NAO) has announced an inquiry into whether the Government has made sufficient progress following the scandal of abuse and neglect at Winterbourne View.
13 August 2014
On Tuesday, 17 teenagers from Nottingham rode their static bikes 145 miles – the distance from Nottingham to Westminster – to help raise the profile of learning disability in politics ahead of the 2015 General Election.
4 August 2014
Mencap has today, 4 August 2014, appointed Derek Lewis as the charity’s Chair of Trustees. Mencap delivers high quality, specialist services and campaigns to improve the lives of the 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK, their families and carers.
1 August 2014
Claire Dyer is 20-years-old, lives in Swansea, and has autism and a learning disability. Her parents have been fighting Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board’s decision to transfer their daughter to a specialist unit in Brighton, five hours away from her home.
30 July 2014
Stephen McHale and Daymien Todd, tenants of national charity Golden Lane Housing, opened the markets at the London Stock Exchange today, and are understood to be the first people with a learning disability to do so.
23 July 2014
Mencap responds to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report into Employment and Support Allowance.
22 July 2014
Mencap responds to an independent review of Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions for claimants failing to take part in back to work schemes.
21 July 2014
Last Friday (18 July), 12 people with a learning disability and volunteers from Haringey Mencap donned their sports gear to take part in a new badminton project with Black Arrows Badminton Club.
15 July 2014
Labour has today called on the Government to commit to a two-year deadline to end the practice of placing vulnerable people with a learning disability at Assessment and Treatment Units – like the former Winterbourne View – for long periods of time.