This briefing provides information regarding the draft care and support bill and covers issues which will impact provision for people with a learning disability. Mencap believes that the Government has now set out a framework for reform which will have a positive impact on the lives of people with a learning disability and their families. Crucially, the white paper and draft bill will set a minimum standard of eligibility and improve assessments, which we hope will end the postcode lottery of services that many disabled people face today.
However, neither the white paper nor funding report sets out how local authorities are going to deal with the lack of funding in the system. Mencap believes that the Government cannot delay any longer, and must now outline an urgent plan of how it intends to fund social care reform in the long term.