The report calls for The Government to scrap plans to base supported housing allowances on private sector rates.

This backs up the ongoing calls from the supported housing sector urging the government to halt their planned changes to avoid a housing crisis.

Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive of learning disability charity Mencap said:

"This report should be essential reading for all parties as they write their manifestos. It is a timely reminder that if the needs of those living in supported housing are ignored we will be faced with the very real threat of the sector collapsing. 

This report is a stark warning that the homes and lives of some of the country’s most vulnerable people are in jeopardy should the proposed changes to supported housing go ahead. People with a learning disability depend on supported housing to live independently. We welcome the committee's call for the unblocking of new supply and exploration of other potential solutions.


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Notes to editors

About Mencap

There are 1.4 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.

For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) or email

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.

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.

Learning disability is not a mental illness or a learning difficulty. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’.