Edel Harris, Chief Executive of the learning disability charity Mencap, said:

"What devastating news for all those who rely on social care today, including many people with a learning disability. During the pandemic, many people have seen drastic cuts to their packages of support leaving them with increased need, poorer mental health and the loss of some vital life skills. 
“The delay is also an enormous blow for the care workers who work tirelessly day in and day out to provide vital support, and who had hoped that Boris Johnson would keep his word and publish the long awaited and much needed reform. 
It has been 2 years since the Prime Minister promised to fix social care "once and for all". Every month where reform is delayed is another month of going without for people with a learning disability and their family carers – they simply shouldn't have to wait a moment longer." 


For further information or to arrange an interview with a Mencap spokesperson or case study, please contact Mencap’s media team on: media@mencap.org.uk or 020 7696 5414 (including out of hours).         

Notes to editors:   

About Mencap     

There are approximately 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want: www.mencap.org.uk     

For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap’s Freephone Learning Disability Helpline on 0808 808 1111 (10am-3pm, Monday-Friday) or email helpline@mencap.org.uk.         

What is a learning disability?    

  • A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places – which affects someone for their whole life;    
  • Learning disability is NOT a mental illness or a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’;     
  • People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability.