Quality Checking Government

LDA England carried out a full survey to find out what people with learning disabilities, their families, friends and their allies thought about the Coalition Government which governed the UK from 2010 to 2015.

We surveyed nearly 2,000 people, half of whom were disabled people (including, but not limited to people with learning disabilities) and 27% families. The vast majority of people thought that the Government had made things a lot worse (putting together all views – positive and negative) the Government was given an overall score of 2 out 10 – which is very low indeed.

These were the scores in each of the twelve areas of life:

  • Rights – 2 out of 10
  • Advocacy – 2 out of 10
  • Family life – 2 out of 10
  • Community – 3 out of 10
  • Income – 1 out of 10
  • Education – 2 out of 10
  • Work – 1 out of 10
  • Home – 2 out of 10
  • Support – 2 out of 10
  • Health – 3 out o 10
  • Safety – 3 out of 10
  • Justice – 2 out of 10

People also left hundreds of stories, comments and expressions of their feelings. In this full report we have sampled those comments. We have tried to reflect the overall balance of people’s opinions, while also giving a sense of the many different problems people face and the different perspectives of people, families and their allies. These have been organised around our 12 themes.

The results were published in full in April 2015:

Download the full report of the survey.

Download the accessible summary of the results in the LDA Launch Newspaper.

Watch a slideshow presentation of the results on The Centre for Welfare Reform’s website.

This report is very negative; it shows that Government has done great harm to the lives of people and families. However, LDA England hopes it will remind people that this is why it is important that we must unite for our rights.