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Health Service Provision - People with Learning Disabilities

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

People with Learning Disabilities

'The Same as You' review of services for people with learning disabilities was published in May 2000 and made 29 recommendations for developing learning disability services setting out a programme for change over 10 years. Since 2001, the number of adults with learning disabilities resident in long-stay hospitals has decreased substantially from over 1,900 in 2001 to around 330 people in 2011 (a drop of over 80%). Over the same period the number of adults with learning disabilities in care homes has fallen by nearly a third from around 3,100 in 2001 to around 2,100 in 2010.

At the same time the number of adults with learning disabilities receiving home care services has increased from nearly 1,500 in 2001 to 4,300 in 2011. Around 7,800 adults with learning disabilities now live in their own tenancies, an increase of over 3,500 since this data was first collected in 2003. Although numbers are still small (1,249 people in 2011) an increasing number of adults with learning disabilities are using direct payments to directly purchase the services they require.

The Same as You? said that the role of day centres should change. Nobody should go to a day centre full-time but should instead get alternative day opportunities for at least part of the week. Between 2003 and 2010 there has a gradual decline in the number of people attending day centres coupled with an increase in the number of adults with learning disabilities getting alternative day opportunities.


1 - 2008 figures have been updated to include all 32 Local Authorities by using 2007 data for the three Local Authorities who did not return data in 2008.

2 - In 2008 the survey question was changed therefore figures are based on those who either owned their home or where in social/rented housing.

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Source: Scottish Government, SLCD - eSAY return and ISD Scotland

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