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Disability Benefits Forum

Volume 590: debated on Wednesday 17 June 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What plans there are to set up a forum to discuss sickness and disability benefits, as outlined in the Green Paper,

New Ambitions for our country: a new contract for welfare. [HL2303]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Social Security
(Baroness Hollis of Heigham)

The Government are pleased to announce the first meeting of the Disability Benefits Forum took place today. This is an important step forward to ensure a proper dialogue between government and disability organisations.The terms of reference of the forum are: To consider possible options for changes in the gateways to benefits for long-term sick and disabled people and carers, and how to ensure that help is directed to those who need it.The forum will bring together representatives of disabled people and experts in disability issues to conduct an open and detailed dialogue with the Government.The members of the forum are:

Peter Adeane:National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
David Behan:Local Government Association
Ian Bruce:Royal National Institute for the Blind and co-chair of the Disability Benefits Consortium
Jane Campbell:National Centre for Independent Living
Alison Cobb:MIND
Nicole Davoud:Independent disability consultant
Marilyn Howard:Independent disability consultant
Professor R. Grahame:Chairman of the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board
Jill Harrison:Carers National Association
Rachel Hurst:Rights Now!
Brian Lamb:SCOPE
Margaret Lavery:RADAR
Carol Lee:People First
Colin Low:National Federation of the Blind of the UK

Brian McGinnis:MENCAP
Dr. Lotte Newman:Former President of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Lorna Reith:Disability Alliance
Roy Sainsbury:University of York—Social Policy Research Unit
James Strachan:RNID
Pauline Thompson:Disablement Income Group
Richard Wood:British Council of Organisations of Disabled People and co-chair of the Disability Benefits Forum