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Disabled People

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps her Department is taking to assist disabled people to live independently. (282364)

Independent living is at the heart of the Government’s strategy for disabled people and the Office for Disability Issues is leading on two major cross-Government initiatives.

The Independent Living Strategy published in 2008 sets out a five-year plan for making progress on delivering choice and control for all disabled people.

The new Welfare Reform Bill will further empower disabled people by creating a new right giving them greater choice and control over certain state funding streams known as the “Right to Control”.