Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

 
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.
 
15 April 2014
Land Securities, the UK’s largest commercial property company, has chosen learning disability charity The Royal Mencap Society and their sister charity ENABLE Scotland to be its official charity partner for 2014.
 
15 April 2014
Mencap comments on Mayor of Swindon’s resignation after his derogatory comments about people with a disability
 
2 April 2014
The Health Committee’s annual review of the General Medical Council (GMC) will be released today. The Committee’s report, finds The GMC has worked hard to put in place effective safeguards to weed out the small number of doctors that present a risk to patients.
 
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.