Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, is supporting Mencap Cymru, following news that the Welsh Government is no longer willing to fund the Wales Learning Disability Helpline established in Wales in 1999.
The helpline provides a crucial lifeline to some of Wales's 64,000 citizens with a learning disability and their families to help them access support, information and advice. The helpline’s three caseworkers have supported over 2,000 people this year, and over 50,000 since it was created twenty years ago.
Speaking today Nick said: “Axing funding for Mencap Cymru’s well established helpline, which provides crucial support for many families every year who are struggling to cope with a range of complex issues, seems crazy to me. Even more so when the Welsh Government is investing the relatively small sum of £150,000 a year on the helpline.
“I’m calling for the Welsh Government to reconsider this decision and am writing to Julie Morgan AM to ask what provision is going to be made for families in Wales who need such important support if the helpline no longer exists.”