Influences

People with complex learning disabilities are marginalised, their voices overshadowed by their level of disability and the complexity of the care they require. In addition, for those who care, the low status afforded their vocation often results in poor pay and stressful working conditions.

In this section we will explore the positive and negative influences on peoples lives.

We will look at the politics and at different forms of activism and models of practice within the arts, care, philosophy, disability, LGBTQ, POC communities and how radical ways of thinking can provide a relevant voice

The learning disability care sector: hanging by a thread (5/1/2018) - In a guest blog for Nuffield Trust, Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive of Mencap, discusses the issue of payments for ‘sleep-in’ care and says that not reaching an equitable solution on it leaves the sector facing an impossible quandary The first week in November saw fireworks of a different kind for the learning disability sector. After … Continue reading The learning disability care sector: hanging by a thread
Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it (3/22/2018) - Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it by Frances Ryan The government’s cruel rhetoric is that with enough ‘tough love’, people too ill to get out of bed can hold down a job. Sanctions don’t work Four years ago, I wrote about the death of David Clapson. Clapson – a former … Continue reading Benefit sanctions are punishing disabled people for the sake of it
Disabled people should be seen as individuals, not as a drain on the taxpayer (3/15/2018) - Frances Ryan in the Guardian Dec 2017  ‘The Conservatives have repeatedly promised and failed to drive down unemployment figures while tightening eligibility and making cuts to out of work sickness benefits.’ Look closely enough and recent announcements reveal the two faces of Conservative disability policy. At the end of last month, Penny Mordaunt, the former … Continue reading Disabled people should be seen as individuals, not as a drain on the taxpayer
Learning Disability Coalition (7/25/2011) -   1st July 2011 – It’s time to prioritise social care, says Anthea Sully, Director of the Learning Disability Coalition For most of the past year we at the Learning Disability Coalition have closely following the work of the Dilnot Commission who have been looking at the funding of care and support. Although social care … Continue reading Learning Disability Coalition