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The Learning Disability Coalition (LDC) has launched its campaign to Protect the Frontline, on the steps outside HM Treasury in London.

The Protect the Frontline campaign, which is supported by The National Autistic Society as a member of the LDC, calls on Central Government and local authorities to recognise that despite the tough financial climate, funding for learning disability services must be protected against any cuts.

You can show your support for the campaign by emailing your MP.

The LDC published the findings from their Learning Disability Coalition Local Authorities Survey ‘Social Care in Crisis’ to support the need for the campaign. The survey showed that:

  • 74% of local authorities were already making efficiency savings
  • 10% had already been forced to make cuts to support services
  • 84% rated the funding situation for learning disability services as difficult. 

At the launch, a determined group of campaigners, many of whom use social care support, held “Cuts Incident” boards displaying the vital frontline services which they fear will be heavily affected by the Government’s Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review. 

Without social care support, they and many more people with a learning disability would not be able to meet their most basic needs, such as eating, personal hygiene, dressing, keeping safe and having somewhere to live.

The new Government has made a commitment to “fairness” in society, and “dignity and respect” for people with a disability.  Social care support is just as vital to thousands of vulnerable people as doctors and nurses are to those who are unwell.

Anthea Cox, Director for the Learning Disability Coalition, said:

Our survey clearly shows that the social care support system cannot withstand further cuts as it is already in crisis. Any more reductions in social care spending will be a direct cut to the lives of people with a learning disability and a betrayal of the promises made by the Government to some of the most at-risk people in our society.

The Learning Disability Coalition is sending a copy of its survey to all MPs and local authorities, along with a supporting report called “Stories from the Frontline” which features the diaries of seven families, clearly displaying the breadth of need for social care services in England.

Source:  http://www.autism.org.uk/news-and-events/news-from-the-nas/ldc-launches-protect-the-frontline-campaign.aspx

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