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Learning Disabilities Voices Care Manifesto Update


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Lifeways is part of LD Voices, a sector wide group which campaigns to get proper recognition for services for people with a learning disability. LD Voices have developed the Care Crisis Manifesto, which is supported by MPs of all parties, and which makes the case that investing in high quality services is good for the people we support and their families, but also brings wider benefits to our society as a whole.

Who are LD Voices

Following a number of high profile cases which hit the news in recent months, we have developed our Care Crisis Manifesto, which calls on government to do six things, all of which we believe are necessary to ensure that people with a Learning Disability can continue to get high quality care and Support.

The six things are:

• Give local authorities the freedom to raise the social care precept up to 5%, to enable them to compensate for the shortfall created by the current funding shortfall and cost increases imposed by the introduction of the National Living Wage and therefore make a greater contribution towards funding for social care;

• ‘Front-end’ the extra £700m from the Better Care Fund, making it available in 2017, to recognise the additional costs borne by the introduction of the National Living Wage;

• Amend the policy requirements for the Better Care Fund, so that it can be used by local authorities to support care packages for individuals with learning disabilities, rather than restricting it to efforts to reduce pressures on the NHS;

• Urgently clarify whether overnight ‘sleep-in shifts’ are exempt from the National Living Wage rate, as Parliament originally intended; and if not exempt, ensure full and proper funding is provided;

• Include ‘learning disabilities’ as a new and additional focus area of the newly-established £80 million Life Chances Fund, with a view to improving pathways into the workplace; and

• Urgently provide clarity on the size and scope of the local top-up fund for supported housing.

Download the full LD Voices Manifesto

Joining forces for a better future


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We are working in partnership with our colleagues in the social care sector to highlight a number of very important issues that threatens the future of care and support services in the UK.

LD Voices is a coalition of providers of learning disability services. We have joined forces because we are concerned about the future for people with a learning disability and worried that continued spending cuts will negatively impact on our ability to deliver personalised, high quality care.

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As budgets are being squeezed, there is a real risk that the most vulnerable people in our society will be let down. Lifeways and all the other members of LD Voices have only one aim; to secure a better future for people who require support to live their lives. Our great fear is that unless there is a change of direction from the government our ability to do this will be badly damaged.

Lifeways vision is to provide bespoke, high quality support that empowers people to have choice and control. Since 1995 we have been working with individuals, families and our local authority partners to deliver support that offers the right amount of support, tailored to each person’s needs and wants. Most importantly we believe that people should be living in and enjoying their local community, being supported to play an active and worthwhile role as equal citizens.

A word from our CEO, Paul Marriner:

We’re dedicated to improving the lives of the people that we support, through the support that we provide daily and by ensuring we have the right infrastructure for the future. This also includes the economic and political environments that Lifeways operate within. It’s our belief that by joining forces with our colleagues in the sector and with the forming of LD Voices, we can make our voice heard and secure a better future for the most vulnerable individuals in society.

Read the LD Voices Care Crisis Manifesto: