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How much it costs to keep people with a learning disability and autistic people locked in mental health hospitals

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Over 2000 people with a learning disability or autistic people are locked up in mental health hospitals in England. 

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Lots of the people who are locked up are not there because they have a mental health problem.  

They are locked up because there is not enough of the right support, housing, and staff in the community

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Mencap has worked with ITV News to find out how much it costs to keep people with a learning disability and autistic people locked up in mental health hospitals. 

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We found out for one year it costs the government about £534 million to keep people locked up.

We think this money is being wasted.

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We think the money would be better spent on social care , housing and the right support in the community. 

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The government promised it would reduce the number of people with a learning disability and autistic people who are held in mental health hospitals.

But they have not met their own targets.

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They said by March 2024 there would be half the amount of people held in mental health hospitals.

But we think the government are now 6 years behind on that promise.

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People with a learning disability and autistic people are having their lives ruined. 

The government must stop wasting money on the wrong type of care and act now.