Influencing funding decisions and understanding how it affects peoples lives


Universal Credit

Universal Credit affects learning disabled people more than other groups of people. We’ve been worried that people with learning disabilities haven’t been included when talking about those effects.

We’ve been talking to members about how universal credit has affected them.

We’ve started working with others to make sure people voices are heard and support is accessible and inclusive.

You can read our full report here.


Sleep in payments

We have started this work as part of the #Solvesleepins Alliance

#SolveSleepIns September 2019 Update

HMRC Sleep-in Guidance

HMRC have made this 10 minute webinar offering guidance on the rate of pay given to staff who work sleep-in shifts. The webinar

  • Explains the Court of Appeal decision in the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case
  • Presents case studies to help you understand how sleep-in shifts should be classed and paid for in accordance with the law.

Please click here to view video



At Learning Disability England we know that the only way to create good policy is to work alongside people with learning disabilities and their families.

We are offering policy-makers the opportunity to consult and work with us and our members across the country.

An example of policy comment and development where our members have been collaborating is the Mental Capacity Amendment Act. You can read the response and briefing here

We know it’s important to point out problems but we also want to offer solutions. We promise we will never do one without doing the other.

Our members are experts and know a lot about different areas of policy like:

  • Housing
  • Supported Living
  • Employment
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social Care
  • Building Stronger Communities
  • Making Services Better

Many of our member organisations have been leaders and innovators in these areas.

To work with Learning Disability England to develop policy, please contact us.

Driving Up Quality

We think that all providers need to take responsibility for making the services we provide better. We have developed the Driving Up Quality Code and we will invite all providers and commissioners that support people with learning disabilities to sign up to this Code.

Visit the Driving Up Quality website

We want the Driving Up Quality Code to:

  • Drive up quality in services for people with learning disabilities that goes beyond minimum standards
  • Create and build a passion in the learning disability sector to provide high quality, values-led services
  • Provide a clear message to the sector and the wider population about what is and what is not acceptable practice
  • Promote a culture of openness, honesty and learning in organisations
  • Promote the celebration and sharing of the good work that is already out there.