Cuts Watch #396: Valuing people with learning disabilities
Does the government think improving the lives of people with learning disabilities is important? In 2009 the last government launched a three-year programme called Valuing People Now to improve the services used by people with learning disabilities. It involves local authorities and health, education and employment services and has been driven forward by a specialist team in the Department of Health. Now Community Care reports that the specialist team will be scrapped next month, leaving co-ordination to a cross-government board chaired by Paul Burstow, but with no officials responsible for driving the strategy forward day-to-day.