NDTI backs calls for a new cross-government strategy for learning disability in England
"A new cross-government strategy, supported by an effective delivery plan, should be a priority for whoever ends up in power after June 8th"
Rob Greig, NDTi's Chief Executive, made the following statement in Response to the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts - Local support for people with a learning disability - Fifty-eighth Report of Session 2016–17:
“The Public Accounts Committee have hit the nail on the head with their recommendation that a new cross Government strategy for learning disability is needed in England. Since the Valuing People delivery programme was effectively ditched in 2010, learning disability policy and much practice has drifted.
“The Transforming Care programme in response to the abuse at Winterbourne View has diverted attention from the wider learning disability agenda whilst, as the PAC point out, not delivering the change it needed to achieve for the small number of people it was focused on.
“The housing, employment and community inclusion needs and aspirations for all people with learning disabilities have had little to no attention from Government and this needs to change. Investment in employment support services is being cut despite the evidence that it saves public money if people are supported into work. In many places there is a move away from housing and support models that promote independence and choice, in favour of more institutional services.
“People with learning disabilities are telling us about an increased experience of disability hate crime.
A new cross-government strategy, supported by an effective delivery plan, should be a priority for whoever ends up in power after June 8th.”