Our campaigning needs robust policy and research to back it up.

United Response is committed to improving the lives of individuals with learning disabilities, mental health or physical support needs, to allow them the opportunity to live their lives to the full.

We want the experiences of people we support to be represented in policies and legislation so that they have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Talking to decision makers

The policy work we undertake represents the voice of people we support to government, decision makers and to bodies undertaking consultations on learning disability and related issues.

Our policy and campaigns team works closely with politicians and decision makers to raise issues facing people with a learning disability, their carers and families.

The team meets ministers, opposition spokespeople, and politicians from all political parties to talk about improving the lives of people we support.

We influence debates on disability issues, give evidence to parliamentary committees, and work to improve legislation.

Submitting evidence to consultations

United Response also submits evidence to consultations seeking to learn about best practice and improving care for people we support.

In our policy work we try to use the experiences of people we support, case studies and best practice to influence decision makers and get things changed at the highest level.

We try to learn from people we support, their families and carers wherever we can as we believe their voice is central to our work.

Briefings and consultation responses

United Response submits evidence to official consultations when they’re relevant to improving the lives of the people we support. 

If the Government needs expert information and information about policies affecting people with learning disabilities, autism, mental health conditions and other support needs, we will often provide written responses like those below.  

These written responses include information like case studies about some of the people we support and evidence based on the work we do around the UK. 

June 2018: Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper (PDF). – submission from United Response

January 2018:  Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement (PDF)  – submission from United Response 

November 2017: Access to Elections (PDF) – submission from United Response

March 2017: Rethinking Disability at Work: Recommendations, polling data and key statistics (PDF) – report by the Centre for Social Justice

February 2017: Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper (PDF) – submission from United Response

To keep updated on our work you can read blogs from the team, or follow all the very latest news on Twitter.