Many people with a learning disability need social care services to lead fulfilling and independent lives. With more people needing support and major cuts being made to social care, the social care system is in crisis. Mencap is campaigning at local and national level for more money in the social care system so every person with a learning disability gets the support they need.
If you are fighting cuts to your services or you're concerned about cuts in your local area, Mencap might be able to help you. Find out more about our cuts campaigns work.
The Care Act 2014
The Care Act 2014 is a new piece of legislation which covers everything to do with adult social care. It brings together and builds on a number of different pieces of law which we have had up until now covering social care. The Care Act comes into force in April 2015.
Time to invest in social care
The Care and Support Alliance was set up in July 2009. It is a consortium of over 75 organisations that represent and support older and disabled people, including disabled children, those with long-term conditions and their families, and campaigns to keep adult care funding and reform on the political agenda.
Aside from the strong moral case for more funding, the Care and Support Alliance believes that the economic case is just as compelling.
To make both cases, the Alliance has published a booklet based on 13 real life experiences, which all show the immense value of social care. With two weeks to go until the Spending Review, we are presenting this booklet to the Chancellor George Osborne – urging him to invest in social care.
- Download the Care and Social Alliance document: 'Time to invest in social care'
The Independent Living Fund
We are also very concerned about the phasing out of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) which is due to take place by 2015. The fund provides support to individuals to live independently, and since the announcement of the cut we have heard from many individuals and families who are deeply worried about the future of their care and support, which is partly funded by the scheme.
The government has clearly stated that it is the responsibility of councils to cover the money provided by the ILF. But with extra pressure on budgets, we fear that local authorities will be unable to replace ILF and provide care packages.
Mencap is working closely with others in the disability community to ensure that individuals who currently receive ILF will not lose the care and support they need.
- Read 'The Future of the Independent Living Fund'
- Read Mencap's response to 'The Future of the Independent Living Fund'
- Read Mencap's response to the government's consultation on adult social care
People with a learning disability and their families are seeing their social care support cut in a variety of ways, from centres closing to eligibility tightening to personal budgets shrinking.
Mencap, along with Scope, Sense, National Autistic Society and Leonard Cheshire Disability, has highlighted the problems faced by disabled people in a report called The other care crisis.
Read more about the government's plans to reform social care in England.