Press releases

Mencap press releases on learning disability news and issues.

 
6 March 2015
The Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, has today announced new proposals to strengthen the rights of people with a learning disability. The "No voice unheard, no right ignored" paper has been made in the wake of the need for government action to move people out of in-patient settings after the Winterbourne View scandal in 2011.
 
4 March 2015
Mencap’s ‘Omagh Supported Living Service’ for people with a learning disability, was officially launched on Wednesday 4 March, by Mervyn Storey, MLA, Minister for Social Development.
NI Minister Storey
 
4 March 2015
Mencap’s Omagh Supported Living Service for people with a learning disability, was officially launched on Wednesday 4 March, by Mervyn Storey, MLA, Minister for Social Development.
 
26 February 2015
Today, Ciara Lawrence who has a learning disability and is a campaigns assistant at Mencap, delivered a presentation at the government’s Learning Disability Confident Event in the Houses of Parliament.
 
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.