Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

 
25 February 2015
In a unique cross-party vote of support, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have today made a personal pledge to listen to the voices of the 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK ahead of the General Election in May.
 
12 February 2015
Mencap will be running free Information and Advice Workshops for families and carers of people with a learning disability in Launceston and Truro.
 
4 February 2015
Today the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report titled “Care services for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour” on whether key Government commitments in the 2012 Winterbourne View Concordat are being achieved. It concludes that despite the key commitments as outlined in 2012 the government failed to achieve it’s central target of moving people with a learning disability and challenging behaviour out of Assessment and Treatment Units.
 
30 January 2015
Today, Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support and North Norfolk MP, has signed up his support for Mencap’s 'Hear my voice' campaign.
 
29 January 2015
Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) respond to today’s (29 January 2015) publication of ‘Learning Disability Census 2014’ and ‘Transforming Care for People with Learning Disabilities -- Next Step’.
 
28 January 2015
This morning (Wednesday 28 January 2015), Mark Harper, the Minister of State for Disabled People, was questioned by the Department for Work and Pensions Committee in a one-off evidence session.
 
21 January 2015
Today, nine of the UK’s leading disability charities - including Mencap - have launched the new SENDirect website at the Bett Education Summit in London’s Excel Centre.
 
19 January 2015
Today (Monday 19th January) an exhibition telling the stories of patients and staff of a former institution for people with a learning disability will be launched at Swansea Museum. The first pan-Wales project of its kind will capture a hidden and often painful part of Wales’ history from six of Wales’ long-stay hospitals which closed in 2006.
 
19 January 2015
A new supported employment service for people with learning and physical disabilities has been given the green light.
 
19 January 2015
The UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA) and Mencap Sport are delighted to announce that the UK will host the 7th Inas European Cross Country Championships in Yorkshire, England from 19th - 23rd February, 2015.