People with learning disabilities in England 2010

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This report from Improving Health and Lives: Learning Disabilities Observatory (IHaL) brings together information on the characteristics of people with learning disabilities, the services and supports they use and their carers.

The aim of this report is to provide a concise summary of this information from a variety of Government departments and to provide links to key data collections.

Included are data on health, education, adult social care, employment, benefits and carers and the information highlights progress being made on the implementation of key health and social care policies for people with learning disabilities, including, for example:

  • Increased rates of uptake of annual health checks by adults with learning disabilities;
  • A reduction in NHS long-term accommodation for adults with learning disabilities;
  • Increased uptake of direct payments and personal budgets by people with learning disabilities.

The authors point to key information, for example the very low rates of employment among adults with learning disabilities as highlighting that a good deal of progress still needs to be made in order to meet the aspirations of current learning disability and adult social care policies.

People with Learning Disabilities in England 2010: services and supports.
Eric Emerson, Chris Hatton, Janet Robertson, Hazel Roberts, Susannah Baines & Gyles Glover. Improving Health and Lives Learning Disabilities Observatory.

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