We know that appropriate accommodation for people with learning disabilities has a strong impact on their safety and overall quality of life, while also reducing social exclusion. However, many people with a learning disability do not have a choice about where they live or who they live with.
NHS England, the Local Government Association and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care set out a commitment to significantly increase housing options for people with learning disabilities in the Building the right home document. By enabling people to access the right home and support at the right time they hope that this will also support the reduction in overall inpatient capacity by March 2019. NHS England has made £100 million available between 2016 and 2021 to support the Transforming Care Programme.
The proportion of adults aged 18-64 with a learning disability who live in their own home or with their family increased from 70% in 2011-12 to 76.2% in 2016-17. In 2016-17 there were 99,193 adults receiving long-term disability support who were living in their own home or with their family in England.
In 2016-17, there were large regional differences throughout England in terms of the proportion of adults with a learning disability who live in their own home or with their family. The highest proportions were found in the three most northern regions (North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber). The three most southern regions (London, South East and South West) were amongst the lowest. The North East had the highest proportion of adults with a learning disability who live in their own home or with their family (88%) and the West Midlands had the lowest proportion (70.3%).
About this data
This indicator shows the proportion of all adults (aged 18-64) with a primary support reason of learning disability support who are known to the council who are recorded as living in their own home or with their family. The information must be captured or confirmed within the reporting period.
The definition of individuals 'known to the council' is defined as those adults of working age with a primary support reason of learning disability support who received long term support during the year.
'Living on their own or with their family' is intended to describe arrangements where the individual has security of tenure in their usual accommodation - for instance, because they own the residence or are part of a household whose head holds such security.
For more information, please see The Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework 2016/17, Handbook of Definitions.