We cannot let COVID turn back the clock for disabled people

Guest blog as part of the future of social care series by John Casson at L’Arche

Watch John and Rebecca Tucker talking about these issues in a video here


We cannot let COVID turn back the clock for disabled people.

It’s time to say it.   The COVID response is telling people with disability: You’re different – a patient to look after, not a person.  A problem to manage, not a citizen.

It’s the return of the old institutional mind-set that says:  you’re vulnerable, and we know what’s best.

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“Our plea is for real and sustained action”

The last week has seen several reports published about people with learning disabilities and autistic people.



The Health and Social Care Committee Report has been published following the inquiry into the treatment of autistic people and individuals with learning disabilities that started in February 2021.



Read the report here

Find out more about the inquiry here Read more  ““Our plea is for real and sustained action””

Job Vacancy – Administrative Assistant

We are recruiting an Administrative Assistant to join our small team and support our Office Manager, with the day-to-day running of the office at Learning Disability England.

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Good verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to encourage, develop and participate in team working
  • A positive attitude such as to develop successful working relationships within the organisation, with members and outside agencies
  • A passion for inclusion and a commitment to improving life with all community members and the values of Learning Disability England
  • Proven administrative experience

Location: Home based or in our office in Sittingbourne, Kent once it reopens.

Hours: Part time: 20 hours per week, preferably over four days, but this can be discussed at interview.

Salary: £19190 (pro rata) – Full Time Equivalent. Pro rata for 20 hours


For an informal chat about this role, please contact Bridget Pike (bridget.pike@LDEngland.org.uk)


You can find out more in the job application pack here.

To apply please complete this online application form and click ‘submit’ at the end

We do not accept CVS so please only send a completed form.


Closing Date: 7am 21st July 2021


Job Vacancy – Policy and Alliance Coordinator

Salary: £30,000
Hours: 37.5 hours a week
Location: Home based
Closing date for applications: 7am Monday 26th July 2021

This role brings together 2 significant aspects of Learning Disability England’s work:

  • Leading the work of the Valuing People Alliance- part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance that Learning Disability England operationally coordinates
  • Leading on Learning Disability England’s policy and influencing work

The person we choose will enjoy working flexibly in a small, friendly team, and will see this role as an opportunity to contribute to a rights based good life for all people with learning disabilities is driven by people with learning disabilities’ priorities and inclusive of families, paid supporters and partners insights and contribution

They will be confident working with people with different experiences and viewpoints towards a shared goal, collating and sharing complex information that can inform policy and practice changes.

Their can-do approach, ability to see and solve problems, and their ability to complete tasks to agreed deadlines will play a key role in the smooth running of a team that values diversity, kindness, and high standards of delivery.

Diversity is important to us and we particularly welcome applications from people from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds as they are currently underrepresented in our organisation.

You can get information about this post by downloading this application pack, fill out and send to info@ldengland.org.uk or if you’d rather you can fill out the online application form that is linked in the pack (you don’t need to do both).

Life for people with learning disabilities through the pandemic – Wave 2 findings

The first findings from the second set (Wave 2) of interviews of the Coronavirus and People with Learning Disabilities research project have been published this week.

The findings will be released in a series of reports over the next few weeks, which we will add to this page.


Read the Wave 2 findings about Covid vaccinations here

Read the Wave 2 findings about Digital Lives here

Read the Wave 2 findings about Access to Health and Social Care Services here

Read the Wave 2 findings about the physical and mental health of adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities here

Read the Wave 2 findings about the Impact of Caring here

Read the Wave 2 findings about Managing Covid 19 risks



Read the easy read Covid vaccinations briefing here

Read the easy read Digital Lives briefing here

Read the easy read Access to Health and Social Care Services here

Read the easy read Physical and Mental Health of people with PMLD briefing here

Read the easy read Impact of Caring briefing here

Read the easy read Managing Covid 19 risks briefing here