A CHARITY for people with learning disabilities is facing a ‘crisis’ as it could be forced to foot an unexpected £400,000 bill.

The chief executive of Andover and District Mencap (ADM) Chris Dixon has said this new bill - almost a quarter of its yearly turnover - could “massively impact” the services the charity provides.

The bill comes after a government ruling on overnight carers who provide sleep-in support for people with learning disabilities, reinforcing they should be paid at national minimum wage.

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