Mencap has responded to a number of recent developments in regulations and benefits, which we believe could adversely affect people with a learning disability and their families.
Response to the consultation on Housing Benefit Reform – Supported Housing
Since July this year, the Department for Work and Pensions has been consulting on its plans to change housing benefit for people living in supported housing. The current rules around exempt accommodation mean that people with high support needs receive a higher level of housing benefit.
The consultation, closes on Monday 10 October, includes a proposal to replace the exempt accommodation rules with a locally managed housing fund.
Response to the Inquiry on Independent Living
Mencap believes that the right to independent living should form the basis of government policy on disability in the UK, and include the right for all disabled people, including those with profound disabilities. However, we believe, it is important that independent living is considered as a result in its totality and not only in the context of personalisation and individual budgets. Read our response.
Response to the select committee inquiry into the Local Housing Allowance November 2009
Mencap believes the current regulations surrounding the Local Housing Allowance unfairly discriminate against people with a learning disability, as they fail to take account of their additional housing requirements. Read our response.
Response to the Law Commission consultation on adult social care
The Law Commission review of social care legislation also has implications for the housing of people with a learning disability. Read our response.
Response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on social housing
Mencap would like to would like to see a requirement put on local authorities to provide more person-centred holistic housing advice. Read our response.