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Let’s make this a General Election for everybody

Let’s make this a General Election for everybody At Community Living it is not for us to take sides in the forthcoming general election, but with all parties we intend to ensure that people with learning disabilities are on the political agenda.…

Is supported housing at risk?

Matthew Eddisford reports on looming threats to the future of supported housing. Late last year the Government launched its consultation on the future funding of supported housing. Prior to the launch, housing associations were crying out for clarity on these funding arrangements to enable them to plan for the future with some certainty and address unmet demand for supported housing.…

Lives – not services

In a tough environment of budget reductions, workforce problems and provider struggles, Rose Trustam reports from three conferences focusing on the positive:  community development, real achievement and evidencing  what works. (NB Full conference reports available to subscribers on the website home page) Commissioners conference (www.ncctc.co.uk) Margaret Willcox (President elect of ADAAS) stressed the need to ‘really put the individual at the centre of working out their needs and controlling their care, with a system of care and support designed with their full involvement and tailored to meet their unique needs.…

‘Supported living – a service or a life?’ Learning Disability England’s first conference 2016

Learning Disability England (LDE)’s first conference since they joined up with H&SA showed the resilience of its members in its determination to continue to speak out on behalf of people with learning disabilities. Rosemary Trustam was invited to report. The new organisation is offering membership at £12 a year for individuals and £25 for self-advocacy groups in its drive to swell its learning disability voice which is much needed given the planned withdrawal of funding for the National Forums and threatened loss of funding of local self advocacy groups.…

Can we learn from the past?

We are in danger of repeating our mistakes, says Rosemary Trustam. We are now seeing institutions disguised as community housing and private equity companies that call themselves care companies. Do we ever learn? she asks. As each week passes we continue to hear heartrending stories about Assessment and Treatment Units (ATUs).…

Railway Road – a model that works for people and the local authority

Wigan-based Imagine, Act & Succeed is pioneering a model of housing in which people getting support live alongside ‘good neighbours’ with benefits for tenants and savings for the local authority. Terry Keely explains how it works. Like all learning disability providers we are facing major challenges, fighting off drastic funding reductions to support levels while trying to run support models we can be proud of.…

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