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Non-profit Making Associations: Special Educational Needs

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the potential for third sector organisations to assist in the delivery of public services for those with learning difficulties. (196852)

Third sector organisations working in partnership with the public sector play a valuable role in supporting people with learning difficulties. They bring an innovative, flexible approach tailored to people’s needs. In particular, as part of the Government’s wish to encourage independent living, we are keen to promote the role of user-led organisations of disabled people in supporting them to lead independent lives.

We expect third sector organisations to play an important role in the delivery of the new Socially Excluded Adults PSA (PSA 16). The PSA aims to increase the proportion of four socially excluded groups in employment and in settled accommodation; adults with learning disabilities known to councils are one of the target groups.