Anthea Sally and Rachel Bowen
Learning Disability Coalition, 2012
In January and February 2012 the Learning Disability Coalition carried out surveys of local authorities, people with learning disabilities and service providers. The consequences of the budget restraints that local authorities are facing were clearly demonstrated in the survey responses which showed the impact on the quality and availability of services for people with a learning disability. Despite the best intentions of local authorities and providers to manage the situation by making efficiency savings, the consistent message is of a struggle to maintain services and people receiving insufficient support, making it a challenge for people with a learning disability to live the lives they want to lead.