Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

6 June 2014
Mencap warns that many people with a learning disability may miss out on services they desperately need following the Government’s publication of a consultation on who is eligible for social care under the new Care Act.
2 June 2014
The last property has been purchased with 2013’s £10m Social Investment Bond to fund permanent homes for people with a learning disability.
31 May 2014
Tomorrow, (1 June 2014), the deadline passes for the Government’s commitment to ensure that people with a learning disability are supported to return to their communities from units like Winterbourne View and get the right support and services in their local areas.
29 May 2014
National movement is formed to ensure voice of learning disability community is heard by candidates in 2015 General Election!
15 May 2014
The Royal Mencap Society and Europe’s largest computer recycling organisation RDC, have announced a new partnership, allowing people to recycle unwanted IT equipment and other electronic devices whilst raising funds for Mencap.
1 May 2014
Today saw the first time that a Select Committee of MPs has heard evidence from an individual with a learning disability.
1 May 2014
Too many people with a learning disability are not getting access to the right care and treatment at the right time, leading to avoidable deaths in some cases, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) warns today.
29 April 2014
Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation comment on the Learning Disability Census report which was published today.
28 April 2014
In London actresses Jodie Whitaker of ITV’s Broadchurch and Kellie Shirley of Eastenders helped the Royal Mencap Society transform the One New Change shopping centre near St. Paul’s Cathedral. The event marked the official launch of the charity’s new partnership with Land Securities, the largest commercial property company in the UK.
17 April 2014
Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium launched the 600th “Changing Places” fully accessible disabled toilet at the Club’s Premier League game against West Ham. Changing Places toilets are larger than a standard disabled toilet and include a height-adjustable bench, a hoist and room for a wheelchair and up two carers.