Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

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.
24 March 2015
Today (Tuesday 24 March 2015), five parents whose children with a learning disability are, or have been, stuck in assessment and treatment units, delivered their collective petitions to Number 10 Downing Street and to the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, calling on whoever forms the next government to bring their children home.
24 March 2015
The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today (Tuesday 24 March) published a report calling for a full independent review of benefit sanctions. In the report Dame Anne Begg MP highlights many failings and that the system must “be capable of identifying and protecting vulnerable people, including those with… learning disabilities”
19 March 2015
On Friday (13 March), over 100 charity professionals, people with a learning disability, their families and carers turned out at York Racecourse to celebrate the outstanding dedication of volunteers from local Mencap groups across the North of England.
16 March 2015
New research published today by Mencap reveals that children with a learning disability are missing out on vital Portage services every year, depending on where they live, due to local authority budget cuts and patchy national provision.