Thelma Agnew

Learning Disability Practice

The reality check

According to research published in December the number of people with learning disabilities who need social care is growing up to five and a half times faster than the government has planned for. The research, commissioned by the Learning Disability Coalition and Mencap, suggests that there will be an 87 per cent rise in the number of people needing support by 2026. This works out at an annual rate of increase of between 3.2 per cent and 5.5 per cent over the period 2009-2026, compared with a 1 per cent figure used by the Department of Health (DH).

Learning Disability Practice

The future is here in the form of self-directed care

This isn’t the first time an initiative has been developed with the aim of giving people with learning disabilities more control over their lives. But the hopes being raised by self-directed support – the whole system model of social care developed by the in Control partnership – are sky high.