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Departments: Planning

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps are taken by her Department to include (a) older people and (b) people with disabilities in strategic planning, policy making and the delivery of the services they use. (132907)

Involvement of older and disabled people is integral to the formation of Communities and Local Government policies that affect them. Examples of recent and forthcoming consultations on my Department's policies include those on the Supporting People programme, the review of Disabled Facilities Grants, and the National Strategy for Housing in an Ageing Society. Disabled people were also consulted in the formation of my Department's disability equality scheme, which sets out what we will be doing over the next three years to improve equality of opportunity for disabled people, and has been commended by the Disability Rights Commission.

In addition, the recently published Local Government White Paper encourages local authorities to target groups and communities who may in the past have been marginalised, including older and disabled people's groups, when discharging their new duty to ‘inform, consult, involve and devolve’.