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Learning Disability: Social Services

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will increase levels of funding for local authorities to take account of the effect of the increasing number of people with learning disabilities on provision made by local authority social services departments. (243006)

The Valuing People Now strategy will be published early in the new year. In taking forward this strategy, we will continue to explore how to improve information on the number and needs of people with learning disabilities, in discussion with the Learning Disability Coalition and councils. This will enable better understanding of current and projected demands for this area and help to inform local needs assessments.

An extensive public engagement on care and support has just ended. This looked at the principles that should underpin reform for the provision and funding of care and support services to reflect the increasing pressure of rising need levels, including the increasing number of people with learning disabilities. The engagement will help inform the Care and Support Green Paper, which will also be published early in 2009.

It is the responsibility of local councils to determine how much of their funding is allocated between different local priorities, including adult social care and, therefore, services for people with learning disabilities.