No voice unheard, no right ignored – a consultation for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions

The Department of Health is consulting on how to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues to enable them to live independently.

The consultation 'No voice unheard, no right ignored' explores options on issues such as how people can:

  • be supported to live independently, as part of a community
  • be assured that their views will be listened to
  • challenge decisions about them and about their care
  • exercise control over the support they receive with a Personal Health Budget
  • expect that different health and local services will organise themselves around their needs
  • know that professionals are looking out for their physical health needs as well as their mental health needs.

The document also explores views on a number of issues relating to the Mental Health Act which were raised during the recent consultation on the revised Mental Health Act Code of Practice.

Please note: "This is a consultation by the Department of Health in England. However, the Mental Health Act applies across England and Wales and any changes to the law in Wales would have to be agreed by the National Assembly for Wales. Although the remit of the proposals is primarily across England, this consultation may also be of interest to readers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (who have their own legislation and policies)."

The consultation document, Easy Read version and response form are all available on the UK government website.

Deadline for responses: 29/05/2015