Many pieces of legislation directly concern people with learning disabilities and how they live their lives.
Change is a-coming
The Government published its long-awaited final response to the Winterbourne View scandal this week, and it did not disappoint. Many within the sector have been calling for action, not more words – and the Government has certainly responded. Hopes are now high that reform of learning disability hospitals will follow, and quickly.
Dursley case points to a litigious future
The fightback has started. No more are people with learningdisabilities taking cuts to services lying down. After protests inLondon recently - and smaller ones around the country over localissues - more and more people with learning disabilities arefighting back and are increasingly turning to the courts to hel
Actions needed rather than words on learning disability residential care
Fight for your rights
Court ruling welcome but problems remain
The recent Supreme Court judgement which says that local authorities cannot take their finances into account when assessing people's need for social care is welcome, but more fundamental problems remain. The recent judgement in the KM vs Cambridgeshire County Council case made it clear that "resources are not to
Cuts biting hard
Dan Parton writes (23rd May 2012) : More grim - but unsurprising - news this week for people with learning disabilities, their families and their carers: 1 in 4 people with learning disabilities now spend less than 1 hour outside of their home each day because of cuts to services, according to Mencap.
Déjà vu over social care reform
The long-awaited and much-needed reform of adult social carewill be delayed, according to reports. Here we go again. A reportin the Financial Times on Monday said thatthe Queen's Speech on May 9 will emphasise the importance of socialcare reform, but there will be no bill on it in the coming sessionof par
Budget cuts biting hard
If the Learning Disability Coalition's (LDC) new report is to be believed, nearly half of people with learning disabilities who receive social care services have had their support cut or charges for it increased in the past year. Proof, for Dan Parton, that the cuts are clearly affecting service users