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Supporting People Programme

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to include proposals on the Supporting People programme in his forthcoming Green Paper on social care. (254153)

The Government will publish a Green Paper on care and support reform in spring 2009.

The reaction from stakeholders and the public to various key questions was tested during an engagement process from May until November 2008. The Department clearly put Supporting People within the scope of this engagement by referring to it in “The case for change - Why England needs a new care and support system”, which was published in May 2008. A copy has been placed in the Library. The Supporting People programme was mentioned in the document as one of the wide range of services which, taken together, enable people to live as independently as possible.

The views and comments received during the engagement will help inform the Green Paper and a report of the findings will be published with it. We do not intend to comment on the content of the Green Paper until it is published.