Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

31 March 2014
The Royal Mencap Society today announced two new Vice Presidents of the charity, and a new Director of Fundraising. Lord Dafydd Wigley and Alderman Alan Yarrow will help promote Mencap’s work and learning disability issues within their own spheres of influence, whilst Richard Yorke will bring over 16 years of fundraising experience to the charity.
28 March 2014
Today, Opus Energy presented learning disability charity Mencap with a cheque for £23,770 – the total amount raised by the significant fundraising efforts of Opus Energy employees over the past year. The business energy supplier exceeded their fundraising target by nearly £4,000.
19 March 2014
Yesterday, NHS England published the first set of quarterly data prompted by the Winterbourne View Concordat aimed at getting better care for people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges.
13 March 2014
Today, the Children and Families Bill has gained Royal Assent*. Mencap has worked hard over the past year, with its sector partners in the Special Educational Consortium and Every Disabled Child Matters, to ensure the legislation is fit for purpose. But the charity is now calling for greater attention to be given to the Code of Practice which, in its current draft form, could undermine the potential success of the new legislation.
13 March 2014
The House of Lords committee established to scrutinise how the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is working in practice outlined in its report published today (13 March 2014) that due to poor implementation it was failing the vulnerable people that it was designed to protect.
25 February 2014
The death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk on 4 July 2013 was preventable, according to the publication of an independent inquiry into his death, published yesterday by Verita.
11 February 2014
Yesterday afternoon, Mencap spokeswoman Lorraine Bellamy told the joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Health and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Learning Disability about how she struggled to live independently before she was able to get valuable social care at home.
10 February 2014
On Sunday 16 February, BBC One will broadcast an episode of Call The Widwife which will show a storyline about how a relationship between a disabled man and woman, and the baby it produces, causes controversy in the 1950s. Mencap's Ciara Lawrence comments.
7 February 2014
A unique national project by Mencap Cymru to highlight the hidden heritage of people with a learning disability in Wales has received a £292,900 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
30 January 2014
The report of a joint inspection into people with learning disabilities within the criminal justice system said their needs should be recognised and addressed.