Decoding Election Manifestos: How They Impact People with Learning Disabilities

As the UK gears up for the general election on July 4th, the three major political parties—Conservatives, Labour, and Liberal Democrats—have released their election manifestos. These documents outline their proposed policies and commitments if they come into power. Let’s take a closer look at how these manifestos directly impact people with learning disabilities and autism:

1. Social Care System:



  • The Conservative Party pledges to recommit to social care reform. Their plan includes introducing a cap on lifetime care costs, set to begin in October 2025. This cap aims to protect individuals from catastrophic expenses related to long-term care.
  • They also emphasise support for local authorities and aim to attract and retain a high-quality care workforce. This commitment is crucial for ensuring accessible and reliable care services for people with learning disabilities.


  • Labour’s manifesto proposes the creation of a National Care Service. This service would establish consistent care standards across the country, ensuring that everyone receives equitable care regardless of their location.
  • They prioritise home-based care and advocate for fair pay for social care workers. By investing in the workforce, Labour aims to improve the quality of care provided to vulnerable populations.

Liberal Democrats:

  • The Liberal Democrats recognise the workforce crisis in social care. Their manifesto includes a workforce plan to address staffing shortages and improve recruitment and retention.
  • They also propose a higher Carer’s Minimum Wage, acknowledging the vital role played by caregivers. Additionally, they advocate for free personal care in England, which would significantly benefit people with learning disabilities.

2. Sustainable Funding

The Liberal Democrats stand out in their commitment to establishing a cross-party commission. This commission would focus on securing sustainable funding for social care. Their goal is to prevent situations where individuals are forced to sell their homes to cover personal care costs.

3. Transferable Care Packages

All three parties recognise the importance of allowing individuals to transfer their care packages. This flexibility ensures that people are not tied to a specific geographical area solely because of their care needs.


In summary, these manifestos play a pivotal role in shaping the future of social care and support for people with learning disabilities and autism. As voters, it’s essential to consider these policies and their potential impact on our communities.

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