Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

7 September 2015
Finsbury Park saw almost over 600 people arrive on Saturday to take part the UK’s largest fancy dress dodgeball tournament. The event, now in its seventh year, is organised by the learning disability charity Mencap, with all the proceeds going to ensuring the charity can continue to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
28 August 2015
Four out of five parents surveyed by learning disability charity Mencap who have a child with a learning disability struggle to access services over the school summer holidays.
18 August 2015
In response to the DWP using false case studies, Mencap has issued this response
17 July 2015
Mencap respond to today’s announcement that plans to introduce a cap on social care costs from next year have been delayed until 2020 amid fears over how councils would fund the move. Ministers confirmed that the £72,000 limit on bills for residential care was being pushed back to the final few weeks of the parliament after "genuine concerns" were raised about its introduction.
2 July 2015
Over 50 national charities who form the Disability Benefits Consortium have jointly spoken out today to express deep concern over reports from the BBC over leaked government plans to scrap part of the UK's main sickness benefit, and abolish the Work Related Activity Group of Employment and Support Allowance.
24 April 2015
Today, the main five national political parties have launched accessible versions of their party manifestos for people with a learning disability.
14 April 2015
The Disability Benefits Consortium brought together the main five political parties on welfare for the first and only time before General Election.
10 April 2015
This morning, Chuka Umunna, Labour candidate for Streatham and spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills, met with people with a learning disability and carers from Lambeth Mencap to discuss the issues that matter to them ahead of the General Election.
1 April 2015
A coalition of more than 75 of the country’s leading charities, including Mencap, is warning that the Government’s flagship changes to the social care system, which are introduced today are “built on sand” without adequate funding for disabled and older people and their carers.
27 March 2015
Today (27 March) the Public Accounts Committee published a report with recommendations to improve the care given to people with a learning disability since the Winterbourne View Scandal in 2011.