Scope responds to National Audit Office report into care for people with a learning disability

Scope has responded to today's National Audit Office report, which highlights that the Government did not meet its goal of transferring all people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour from mental hospitals into the community by 1 June 2014.

Richard Hawkes, CEO of disability charity Scope:

“Too many disabled people continue to live in large care homes, located away from the local community, their families and friends.

“This set-up is based on an old-fashioned system of care, which can leave disabled people isolated and with little choice and control over how they live their lives.

“Today, disabled people’s aspirations have changed. Many want to live in their local community, supported by staff they choose, using their own personal budgets. Some want to live on their own, or with friends or a partner, some require 24 hour care. Everyone is different.

“It’s time that the system caught up with the ambitions of disabled people.

“To do this, we need to see more funding for community care and stronger incentives for councils to improve support for disabled people, as the NAO report recommends.

“And this must be underpinned by a renewed cross-government commitment to support all disabled people to live more independently.”

Notes to the editor:

For more information contact Pasca Lane in the Scope press office on 020 7619 7701 or email pasca.lane@scope.org.uk.

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