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Our Future – Campaigns Panel report

Our Future is the second report led by United Response’s Campaigns Panel, which is a group of people with learning disabilities and their relatives who want to speak out on issues which matter to them.

It was set up last year and makes sure that when United Response calls for change, the voices of the people we support are at the heart of every campaign.

Earlier this year, United Response published Life Support where the Campaigns Panel spoke about what good support means to them. The report showed that care and support can make a difference to every area of a person’s life, from basic household tasks to playing a part in their local communities.

Since the publication of Life Support, the Government has set out its proposals for reforming care and support in a White Paper and Draft Care and Support Bill. Over the last few months, the Campaigns Panel have been looking at some of these reforms and in Our Future they have explained what they think is good and what still needs to change.

Overall, the Campaigns Panel felt that the reforms are positive and will help to fix some of the biggest problems with the current system. However, people are very concerned about how the reforms will be funded as many people are already afraid of losing their support and benefits. Without a long term solution to the funding of care, reforms will have little impact.

As the agenda on the reform of care and support moves forward, the Campaigns Panel are calling on the Government to make sure that the voices of disabled people are at the heart of the debate.