Suffolk County Council launches ‘My Life My Future’ consultation

Suffolk County Council is inviting people to have their say on the future of services for people with learning disabilities in Suffolk.

The ‘My Life My Future’ consultation launches Tuesday 13th June and runs until 5pm on Monday 10 July.

In 2015 the Suffolk Learning Disability Partnership Board launched the Joint Learning Disability Strategy, with the vision that: “People with learning disabilities live good lives as part of their community with the right support, at the right time, from the right people”. It has the aspiration of transforming the way services are delivered to meet changing needs and expectations of people with learning disabilities.

Over the last 18 months Suffolk County Council has been working to achieve this vision, under a programme of work called ‘My Life My Future’. As part of this, they have spoken to over two hundred service users, family carers, learning disability providers and the Learning Disability Partnership Board to find out what they would like to see from services in the future. 

Under the proposals;

Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Adult Care said: “We believe the changes we propose will give people more choice and control over their care and support and the activities they can undertake. The proposals would also introduce more focussed one-to-one support as well as helping us to better manage demand for our services.

“We have held discussions with service users family carers and service providers to draft these proposals. It is now vitally important that you have your say to help us shape the future of these services.”

Full details of the proposals have been sent to those currently using the services, and will reach them on 13 June.

After the consultation ends the council will look at the feedback and consider what it tells them about the proposals.

In September 2017, Cabinet will consider the outcome of the consultation and any recommendations to change how services are delivered in the future. If Cabinet approves the recommendations, the council will work with service users, family carers, learning disability providers and the Learning Disability Partnership Board to make the changes.

The consultation is open from Tuesday 13 June until 5pm, Monday 10 July 2017.

You can have your say by:

 For more information, visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations

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