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Mencap’s Winterbourne View campaign

It’s now been ten years since the Winterbourne View scandal that uncovered the abuse of people with learning disabilities and autism at a residential care facility near Bristol. At the time, the Government made a commitment to move away from providing care through inpatient facilities like this in favour of community-based support. However, the learning disability charity Mencap estimates that 2000 people with learning disabilities and autism are still receiving care in this sort of setting and they have launched a campaign urging the Government to publish an action plan setting out how improvements are going to be made.

If you’d like to support Mencap’s campaign, visit to learn more and complete an online letter to your MP.

You can also see an Easy Read version of the campaign at Our local self-advocacy group Speaking Up Together also has lots of information about how people can campaign for change - find out more at


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