Cambridgeshire County Council has given The Hunts Post unprecedented access to its day centres for adults with learning disabilities. Major changes to these services are imminent. A new Government policy together with financial pressures – CCC spends £3million a year on day centres, a third of it on transport – have created an urgent need to examine the way the services are delivered. On its own admission the council botched early consultations with staff and users on the changes it is considering making, but come this October councillors will begin to decide what the future holds. In a journey that took him from Huntingdon to St Neots, St Ives, March, Wisbech and Sawston, JOHN ELWORTHY discovers the realities of caring for some of society’s least-advantaged adults, and the extraordinary care and dedication of staff struggling to meet the demands of providing a service gripped by the uncertainty of change. SOCIETY has come a long way, says Penny Butler, since those with learning disabilities - previously termed mental handicap - looked to an institutional solution for their needs. Ms Butler, interim head of disability services for the county, recalls post-war long-stay hospitals, some functioning like mini-villages, recruiting heavily from those with a military background.