This blog post was written by Gary Bourlet and was originally published on 03.02.15.
People First England responded to the HSCIC Learning Disability Census. Here is what we said:
1. The Winterbourne programme has not worked and we are still being treated like third class citizens
The Winterbourne programme has been going for more than 3 years. It is high profile and there is a minister responsible for it but it hasn’t changed anything much. They have said the right things but whatever is happening they are not making a difference. None of this is new. People with learning disabilities continue to be treated like 3rd class citizens, which has been going on for decades. Until society treats us the same, nothing will change.
We think it has been a waste of taxpayers money. It is not money well spent. There has been too much bureaucracy, too many people in offices doing too much paperwork but not enough work on the ground.
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