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Community Care: Disabled

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that disabled people living (a) with their families and (b) in residential homes are integrated into the wider community. (232707)

The Government’s five-year Independent Living Strategy aims to ensure disabled people have greater access to housing, transport, health, employment, education and leisure opportunities and to participation in family and community life.

The Government wants every locality to have a single community-based support system, which focuses on all aspects of what people need to maximise their health and well-being and to participate in family and community life. The right of the individual disabled person to determine the kinds of services and support that they need will be at the heart of this reformed system.

National minimum standards for care homes require that arrangements be made to enable residents to engage in local, social and community activities and to visit, or maintain contact or communicate with their families and friends.