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We work with colleagues across the learning disability sector, the housing sector, health & social care and Scottish Government to improve housing outcomes for people with learning disabilities. Key to working towards better outcomes for people with learning disabilities is SCLD’s facilitation of our Housing Task Group.

SCLD Housing Task Group 

The SCLD Housing Task Group brings together learning disability provider organisations and member led organisations with colleagues from housing, health and social care and government.   

Its aim is to promote a cross policy and partnership approach to creative housing solutions and preventative approaches for people who are or are a risk of living in health care settings or out of area placements. 

Guiding principles 

The Task Group is facilitated by SCLD to help take forward the recommendations from Dr Anne McDonald’s Coming Home report.  It form part of our work as a delivery partner to the Scottish Government in the implementation of Scotland’s learning disability strategy, The Keys to life. 

The work of the Task Group is underpinned by SCLD’s Human Rights Framework and our commitment to Article 19 of the UNCRPD, and is aligned with Action 1 in the Keys to Life implementation framework. 

The Task Group is Chaired by Julia Fitzpatrick. 

Task Group Objectives 

The work of the Task Group is focused on: 

  • Promote partnership working to foster creative housing and support solutions for people with learning disabilities and complex needs. 
  • Showcase best person-centred practice in housing and support service planning and commissioning with a focus on working to achieve preventative approaches for those at risk of out-of-area or institutional living.  



In 2017 SCLD published a report into housing which assessed the landscape of housing for people with learning disabilities in Scotland, as well as making recommendations about the progress to be made. You can find out more and read the full report by clicking on the link below:

Improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities: Opportunities and challenges for housing

Improving outcomes for people with learning disabilities Easy Read version


You can view all of SCLD’s resources on our Reports & Publications page.