The (in)accuracy of the ‘learning disability register’.

There is understatement, and then there is a ministerial statement on ‘the learning disability register’ in a Lords debate yesterday. Arriving at a headcount of people with a learning disability in the UK, or in the constituent nations, is no simple matter. But it’s not made easier, when sets of data are held by  various  […]

Catch 22 – Access to Child Trust Funds

Oh the irony. The Mental Capacity Act is effectively denying young adults with learning disabilities access as they turn 18, to the money in Child Trust Funds (special savings accounts) opened for them when they were children. This article on the BBC News website explains this Catch-22 situation, and how to make matters worse, the […]

Adults with with Down’s syndrome now in high risk category

Just alerted to fact that according to latest COVID guidance, adults Down’s syndrome are now in high risk category. See: This Guidance states: If you’re at high risk from coronavirus, you should have received a letter from the NHS. Speak to your GP or hospital care team if you have not been contacted and think […]

Raising Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act

In March 2014, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 published its ‘Mental Capacity Act 2005: post-legislative scrutiny’  report, celebrating the ethos and achievements of the MCA, but calling for awareness and implementation of it to be extended. Lack of awareness of the Act, especially amongst those who would benefit […]

Reaction to CQC report “Out of sight – who cares?” Inhumane care?

Just published: CQC Report “Out of sight – who cares? A review of restraint, seclusion and segregation for autistic people, and people with a learning disability and/or mental health condition”. Posting in a hurry but please follow these links: The report itself… And reaction to it. (BBC News headline is “CQC report: Care of […]

Rescare film “Learning Disability the Right to Choose” now available to view online!

On Monday June 8th Rescare launched its film “Learning Disability the Right to Choose” via a well-attended  Zoom meeting. The film aimed to highlight current challenges facing people with learning disabilities, their families and carers; and to clarify and restate Rescare’s  future priorities and objectives. This short film is now available to view via YouTube […]

Lords consider effect of pandemic on social care.

The House of Lords yesterday debated (via a Virtual Proceedings) the effect of the current pandemic on social care, and especially on the care of those with  disabilities or considered vulnerable. The whole debate (transcript here) makes for interesting reading (There are an awful lot of pledges to change and reform social care ‘flying around’), […]