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A REPORT on support for people with learning disabilities living in the city has laid out steps for improving services.

The report, by John Attrill, the city’s learning disability champion, and Angela Dryer, the council’s assistant head of adult social care, was ordered in light of the Winterbourne View scandal in Bristol.

Portsmouth City Council’s health and wellbeing board, which includes councillors, GPs, council officers and patient representatives, is seeing how services can be improved.

The board, chaired by councillor Leo Madden, received a report outlining how such vulnerable people were already supported by specialist teams in the community and at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Cllr Madden said: ‘It is our duty to protect our most vulnerable citizens, and while none of our residents were placed in Winterbourne View, it is extremely important that we learn lessons.’

Among the recommendations is creating a strategy for helping those with a learning disability get long-term jobs.