West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is supporting Mencap’s campaign for greater investment in social care following the publication of its social care survey results.  

The charity asked over 1,000 people across the UK what their experience has been of caring for someone with a learning disability during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The survey found that; 

  • seven in ten (69%) people with a learning disability we found to have had their social care cut when they needed it most, leaving many stuck in lockdown (1) 
  • over two thirds (67%) said their loved one’s needs have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic (3) and 
  • four in five (79%) have had no choice but to increase the amount of care and support they offer. (4)

Mencap is warning that cuts to day services, personal care in the home and respite for carers have had a devastating impact on people with a learning disability and their families, leaving them still in lockdown despite the easing of official restrictions.   

On the back of this MP Rosie is supporting Mencap’s petition calling on the Treasury to invest in social care, bring forward major reforms and ensure that the individual needs of people with a learning disability are met. You can sign the petition at www.mencap.org.uk/socialcarepetition.  

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“We all know that social care has suffered from underfunding for years meaning people having their care and support reduced or cut.  

“But these survey results show how bad things have got for people with a learning disability who rely on social care during the lockdown and the impact it is having on their loved ones.  

“The Government must commit to providing additional funding immediately to support those affected across the UK including here in West Lancashire and live up to their mantra that ‘we are all in this together’.”  

Edel Harris, Chief Executive of the learning disability charity Mencap, said:
I am really shaken by the results of this survey. We knew it was bad, but no one could hear these stories without feeling ashamed to be part of a society that allows this to go on.    

“Social care has had decades of under-investment, and we have been warning about the system being at breaking point for years – but here are clear signs that the system has broken and people with a learning disability and their families are paying the price. Mencap will not stand by and allow this to happen.   

“Social care needs significant investment now and a bold plan for reform in the future. People with a learning disability and their families must not be left behind in lockdown.” 

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