The committee’s report sets out their concerns and recommendations where the UK is failing to uphold the rights of disabled people.

Mencap response below.

Dan Scorer, head of policy at learning disability charity Mencap, said:

This report is damning in its findings that government policies have in many areas directly undermined the rights and wellbeing of disabled people and their families.

Cuts to disability benefits and social care funding have hugely impacted on the lives of people with a learning disability and their families, pushing many further away from full participation in a society that already excludes them in most areas of life.

We urge the Government to heed this report and take urgent action to work with disabled people and their organisations to develop a new strategy to secure disabled people’s rights and inclusion across the UK.

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Notes to editors

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.

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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

 

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places – which affects someone for their whole life.

People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability.

Learning disability is NOT a mental illness or a learning difficulty. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’.