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Austerity’s shameful effects on people with learning disabilities

In 2018 the prime minister predicted ‘better days ahead’, but austerity is still disproportionally affecting people with learning disabilities and their families

Despite predictions of ‘better days ahead’, austerity is still disproportionally affecting people with learning disabilities and their families, says professor Bob Gates

The relationship between socio-economic factors and health is well-known and has been reported on for many years.

As far back as the Black Report in 1980 it was identified that the distribution of healthcare was determined by individual, community and national factors.

A national factor affecting the health of people with learning disabilities has been the long period of austerity this country has endured and is still enduring. This is disproportionally affecting people with learning disabilities and their families.

Prime minister Theresa May told the Conservative Party conference last October that austerity was over, saying: ‘There are better days ahead.’

Chronic and corrosive

As someone who has worked for nearly 50 years in learning disabilities,

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