The housing shortage for adults with learning difficulties has worsened in the last year according to research from a leading disabilities charity. Mencap has warned increasing financial constraints have meant councils are less able to support people with a learning disability, with fewer and fewer being helped to live independently.
The charity has called for local authorities to produce an action plan for improving independence for people with learning disabilities in their areas. A freedom of information request of all local authorities in England and Wales and a survey of nearly 500 parent carers of people with a learning disability found that eight out of 10 councils recognise that there is a housing shortage for adults with a learning disability in their areas, with more than two thirds saying this has worsened in the last 12 months.
The report, Housing for people with a learning disability, found that just one in three people with a learning disability lives independently in either supported accommodation, as a tenant, or as a homeowner. Mencap said it is concerned financial pressure is forcing local authorities to send increasing numbers of people into care because it is cheaper, rather than because it is the best decision for the individual.
The charity has also noted increasing concern about housing issues from people with a learning disability and their carers, with the number of calls about housing to Mencap’s helpline doubling in the past year.
Source: Inside Housing
4th December 2012