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Cabinet to consider consulting on learning disability support

5 April 2024

Our Cabinet will consider proposals to consult on options to change support for people with learning disabilities and/or who are autistic when it meets next week (Thursday 11 April).

Councillors will be asked to agree to seek people’s views on plans to redesign the way we provide day opportunities and short breaks.

The report being discussed will hear that following a previous consultation, we transformed services to create new day opportunities to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism lead safe, fulfilling lives in their community.

This work, says the report, has shown that they want to be as independent as possible with equal access to opportunities and services such as housing, leisure activities, jobs, health and transport.

And like many authorities across the country, we’re facing budgetary pressures far greater than experienced before, due to factors beyond our control.

These include dealing with higher than anticipated inflation, higher prices for fuel, energy and materials, meeting the cost of the national pay award and the continued unprecedented increase in demand for adults’ and children’s social care services.

To help us get the best value for money for our services, at a time of increasing financial pressures, we need to review how people’s assessed care needs are met and to what extent we provide those services ourselves.