asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will report on progress towards helping the disabled to be cared for in their homes rather than in public authority institutions.
Extending help to disabled people to enable them to live in their own homes is an important objective of our policy. Significant progress has been made in the provision both of services and cash benefits. In particular, there has been a major increase in the number of housing adaptions under Section 2(i)(e) of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. The new arrangements for joint financing between health and local authorities will facilitate further progress in the provision of services. The hon. Gentleman may like to know that the funds available are being substantially increased.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent consultations he has had with organisations representing the disabled.
I refer the hon. Gentleman to my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Romford (Mr. Neubert) earlier today.