Mencap calls for action on funding

Learning disability charity Mencap is urging adult social care charities to form a coalition to fight for more funding.

David Congdon, head of campaigns and policy at Mencap, said: "There's a feeling that we would make more progress if there were more cross-sector working." In last week's Comprehensive Spending Review, Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, said social care spending would rise by 1 per cent.

Congdon wants a coalition in the style of Every Disabled Child Matters, which secured a £340m funding pledge from the Government this year. Mencap is part of the Learning Disabilities Coalition. There is a separate social care coalition called Caring Choices. Congdon wants the two to work together.

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