Simon Parkinson, Director of external relations and communities at learning disability charity Mencap, comments:

Mencap welcomes the priorities and proposals announced today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  Involving families and people with a learning disability is crucial, and we are pleased that the CQC recognises this.

Despite the government cuts in social services, the majority of people continue to get good care and support from dedicated staff in well led services. The appalling scandal of Winterbourne View and the CQC's subsequent inspections of similar services, however, showed the need for us all to work together to ensure that there are no further examples of poor care and abuse.

Mencap is encouraged to see much needed steps from the CQC to ensure that their inspections, regulation and monitoring of care homes and other adult social care services root out bad care and ensure people with a learning disability are treated with the respect they deserve.

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About Mencap

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.

For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) or email help@mencap.org.uk