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BARNET IN PILOT FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

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Barnet LBC have been selected to take part in a national pilot project which will benefit people with learning dis...
Barnet LBC have been selected to take part in a national pilot project which will benefit people with learning disabilities in the borough.

Councillors on the social services committee have decided to employ specialist consultants to take part in the project to highlight good practice in the housing people with learning disabilities.

The project under the control of the Local Government Association aims to bring benefits to local people while demonstrating examples of good practice.

Specialist consultants will work with council officers from both social services and housing departments to achieve value and quality in providing local homes for people with learning disabilities.

Knowledge and experience will be shared with the five other local authorities taking part in the pilot to achieve benefits to the people of Barnet.

Barnet has already been told that it has innovative and high quality projects which could be used as national models.

The project is due to start early in this year.

'The response to Barnet's first ever Community Care Fair from local people was excellent and those who attended found it both enjoyable and extremely useful,' said Councillor Pam Coleman, chair of the social services committee.

'This special event helped promote awareness of the wide range of care services available and the opportunities for volunteers.

'We have listened to those who have asked us to make it an annual event form now on and we will work hard to make the next one even more of a success,' she said.

'This project will give Barnet the opportunity to publicise nationally the good work we are doing in the field of services for people with learning disabilities and other councils will benefit from the innovative initiatives Barnet people already enjoy,' said Cllr Coleman.

'It will also bring benefits to people with learning disabilities in the borough because we will learn about where other local authorities taking part in the best practice pilot are doing well and be able to improve our services,' she added.

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