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Learning Disability: Day Centres

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many day centres serving people with learning disabilities and their families have closed since March 2001; and what alternative services were provided in each case. (204610)

This information is not held centrally.

It is for local authorities to decide on the closure of a day centre and to determine what services they provide to best meet the needs of their local populations. This includes services for people with learning disabilities.

In our consultation on “Valuing People Now”, we said that we recognise that, for many families, day centres have provided essential respite from the day to day demands of caring. The services that replace them must result in improvements for both users and their families. Copies of the consultation document are available in the Library.

The consultation to “Valuing People Now” has now closed and we will be responding with our full strategy in the early autumn.