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There has been a fundamental shift in how care and support for people with learning disabilities is provided over the last 20 years. During this period, quality of care has plummeted. In 1993, the independent sector provided just 5 percent of all care services. By 2013, the figure was 89 percent as local authorities shifted responsibilities to voluntary and, increasingly, private sector organisations. In learning disabilities, 80 percent of services in residential and non-residential settings are provided by the independent sector, a business worth around £8.2 billion in 2013. This shift represents a huge saving for squeezed local authority budgets […]
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I am a Senior Social work practitioner in a London local authority social work team, working with adults with learning disabilities,  For most of my working life, I have worked in this field and have seen so many changes over the years.   In the 80s I worked in a project helping to move people out of St Lawrence ‘s,  a long – stay hospital for adults with learning disabilities,  into flats or houses in their original local areas. It was such a positive time, and we all felt that we were supporting people to at last  have some choice in […]
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Thank you for inviting me to speak on behalf of learning disability England. We are a still a young organisation, we launched in June this year and I was bestowed the honour of life time membership. I also am a fellow of the centre for welfare reform. I have never spoke at the full conference or the fringe so I am feeling a little nervous We are here to encourage the party to take sensible decisions on making things right and fair especially when we come to Health policy. We at learning disability England work for better services, and are happy […]
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Background For thirty years (from June, 1982) I worked in Manchester’s services for people who are intellectually disabled (usually termed learning disability in the UK, but nowhere else).  I worked as a practitioner, a developer of services, a researcher, a head of professional services and ultimately (for 8 years until March 2012) as the manager of integrated health and social care for learning disabled adults.  My commitment to work in the city of Manchester was complemented by national and international networking that helped me to take a wider perspective on the peculiarities of what we did locally and also how […]
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