Skip to main content

Learning Disability: Health Services

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on levels of funding for services for people with learning disabilities. (271666)

The following representations have been received on the levels of funding for services for people with learning disabilities.

A report by the Learning Disability Coalition Future expenditure on social care for people with learning disabilities highlighting issues affecting learning disability services in the next few years.

Between January and March 2009, the Department received five parliamentary questions from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) about future funding plans for adults with learning disabilities.

In January 2009, the hon. Member for Leeds, North-West (Greg Mulholland) asked what guidance was given to local authorities to ensure that their resource allocation systems achieve a fair and effective allocation of resources for people with learning disabilities.

In March 2009 the right hon. Member for Oxford, East (Mr. Smith) asked about the basis for calculating the sum to be transferred from his Department to local authorities when they take responsibility for support for learning disabled people.

Departmental officials have a regular discourse with the Learning Disability Coalition. The last meeting took place last week to discuss their concerns about levels of funding for learning disability services and implementation of the cross-Government strategy on learning disabilities, ‘Valuing People Now’.

HM Treasury have yet to announce the timing of the next spending review and make available the associated guidance. Within the remit given to us by the guidance, the Department plans to make the best possible case for adequate funding for all adults with social care needs—including those with a learning disability—based on available data and evidence.