The news that families are to take legal action against local authorities and hospitals to ensure that people with learning disabilities are able to live full lives in local communities and not assessment and treatment centres brings to the forefront the very real problems facing services for people with learning disabilities.
Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive of Care England, the largest representative body for independent care providers, said:
“The financial pressures on social care are now so acute that providers are not able to develop new community services for people with learning disabilities and struggle to provide placements in existing provision when local authorities are unable to pay appropriate fees for the care needed.
We must ensure health money is moved to follow people out of hospital into community settings and ensure housing and other benefits are sufficient to provide the personalised care for people who have the right to live fulfilling lives surrounded by family and friends in supportive local communities. The demands on providers to meet increased care and staffing costs are considerable and councils need to work closely with their local providers to understand the cost pressures and find local solutions to workforce and quality demands”.