United Response is co-chair of Learning Disability Voices, a coalition set up to ensure that learning disability provision is adequately funded and therefore available to all the people who need it.

A coalition of charities, not-for-profits and independent sector providers of learning disabilities services, Learning Disability Voices, fears that standards in social care will slip and goals set out under the transformation agenda will be missed if the Government doesn’t provide proper funding for care.

With this in mind, Learning Disability Voices successfully gained support from a range of  parliamentarians across the political spectrum for learning disability issues.  Ahead of the General Election on 8th June, Learning Disability Voices has launched its 2017 Care Crisis Manifesto to set out what the next Government must do to prioritise care for people with learning disabilities.

Support for elderly care has long been the Government’s priority, but Learning Disability Voices members call on policy makers to better recognise the fact that services for people with learning disabilities make up 39% of total adult social care provision.

In the longer-term, the Manifesto calls on the Government for fresh thinking in respect to how the sector is funded.

In the shorter-term, it outlines a number of key policy asks of the new Government, which include:

  • Ensuring front-loaded money is made available through the Better Care Fund and reaches learning disability services.
  • Urgently resolving the challenges posed by the application of the National Living Wage to sleep-in shifts.
  • Ensuring local authorities have more freedom to raise their Council Tax Precept thresholds.
  • Clarifying plans for the future of supported housing.
  • Prioritising recruitment and retention in the post-Brexit care workforce.

Download the Care Crisis Manifesto 2017