Today, the Minister for Disabled people, Esther McVey, published the document ‘Fulfilling Potential – Making it Happen’, which sets out the Government’s commitment to ensuring that disabled people are able to achieve their aspirations and play a full, active role in society.

In response, Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, said:

The strategy highlights the huge amount of activity that is taking place across government departments and communities that will impact on people with a disability. Most of it will have a positive impact on the lives of people with a learning disability, but some of the activity gives us cause for serious concern, such as the recent move from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payments.

We are pleased to see important pieces of work taking place that will improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families, including a focus on reducing avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in the health service, and transforming our social care system. We look forward to working with government to deliver these important changes.