Currently, it’s difficult to know what the UK’s collective decision to leave the European Union means for the British people. Whichever way people voted in the referendum, the current political changes have led to a great deal of uncertainty about the future.

The Conservative Party is deciding on a new Prime Minister, and there is division about the future direction of the Labour Party which forms the Opposition.

Support from United Response continues as normal

One thing that is certain, is that during this time United Response will continue to ensure that people with learning disabilities, mental or physical support needs have the opportunity to live their lives to the full. Our services will continue as normal for people we support, whatever happens to the political landscape in the coming weeks and months.

There can be no denying that current constitutional, party political and economic concerns are, quite rightly, dominating the headlines. But there is a real danger that vital issues like the social care crisis could be overshadowed in the turmoil.

The impact of the UK’s vote to leave the EU could have major implications for social care, because of significant economic and political uncertainty at a time when the sector already faces huge financial pressures.

Now, more than ever, it is important to keep campaigning on social care

As changes at the top happen, and new policy directions are decided, it is more important than ever to continue to campaign for the next Government to increase social care funding and infrastructure for people we support.

Commitments made under the Care Act and for transforming care for people with learning disabilities have not changed, and must be implemented regardless of future changes in leadership and policy direction.

Politicians are already talking about possible changes to spending plans, and it is vital for measures to address the social care crisis to be included in these debates.

United Response has already met with our partners across the sector in the Care and Support Alliance (CSA), and Learning Disability Voices (LD Voices), to coordinate an approach and make sure that social care is kept on the agenda for new leaders and decision makers.

We will also be monitoring how issues like disability rights, recruitment of staff who care for people we support and employment opportunities for disabled people are carried forward.

We want to make sure that people we support continue to have the best possible deal, whatever else is dominating the political agenda.

As changes occur, we will continue to voice the concerns of people we support, and their families and carers to make sure the issues important to us are taken into account.

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