To: David Mowat MP

Save the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities

Save the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities

Continue funding for the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities so we can continue to have a voice.

Why is this important?

The Department of health has decided to cut funding the National Forum of People with Learning Disabilities in March 2017.

The National Forum is made up of people with learning disabilities who are elected from all nine regions of England. We work closely with the Government and national organisations at a high level to ensure that the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard when decisions are made that impact upon our lives.

We have managed to effect lots of decisions made by the government and contributed to much of the work that is done. For example recently we contributed to very important work to stop the deaths and abuse in care facilities. We are entitled to be involved and engaged when plans are being made and decisions are taken.

Lots of things have changed because of what forum members have said - sometimes even with announcements made in the House of Commons.

We also provide information to regional groups to make sure that as many people with learning disabilities as possible are involved.

The majority of us do this voluntarily.

However we have now been informed by the Department of Health that our funding is to be completely cut in March 2017.

We think that this decision is very wrong. It will be another way of taking away our voice.

We are campaigning so that the Department of Health changes it’s decision. Part of our campaign is to petition to David Mowat MP – who is the boss of the Department of Health. Please support us by signing our petition – because every voice counts.

Reasons for signing

  • It's really hard for people with LD to get their opinions heard. Closing this forum would make it even more difficult.
  • All human beings matter. If we say we are civilised, a measure of this is how we behave towards people who are disadvantaged, marginalised and silenced. At a time when more and more abuses of people with LD are coming to light, silencing a group that represents their voice is shameful.
  • i want the National forum to continue as i have a learning Disability and wont get my voice heard if it finishes


2016-11-19 11:16:34 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-11-15 18:57:46 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-11-15 14:33:25 +0000

Our petition is getting lots of support - 428 people have signed in the first day ! Thank you so much to everyone. It really means a lot to us. Spread the word. And remember ... 'Nothing about us without us'.

2016-11-14 19:24:59 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-11-14 17:14:40 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-11-14 14:56:11 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-11-14 12:55:15 +0000

10 signatures reached