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Learning Disability

Question for Department of Health

UIN 68446, tabled on 20 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the public purse of supporting a person with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities, autism or both within an assessment and treatment unit.

Answered on

23 March 2017

In 2015/16, spend on General Practitioner Learning Disabilities Directed Enhanced Services (DES) was £12.376 million. Under the DES, patients aged 14 and over with learning disabilities are offered an annual health check, which includes producing a health action plan.

The National Audit Office has recently estimated that the annual cost of supporting a person with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities, autism or both within an assessment and treatment unit is £180,000.

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