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Disability: Independent Living Review

Volume 685: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Anne McGuire) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Office for Disability Issues has set up an expert panel to support the work of the cross-Government independent living review, as announced by my noble friend Lady Royall on 14 July.

The role of the expert panel will be to shape and steer the independent living review which we have set up to identify imaginative and practical solutions to support independent living for disabled people. The independent living review project team will report regularly to the expert panel and ensure that its views are reflected as the review progresses.

The review, which will report in summer 2007, will:

bring together the views and experience of central and local government officials, disabled people and organisations of disabled people;

develop imaginative new solutions in the areas of health, social care, transport, employment and housing;

develop thinking on the relationship between independent living and individual budgets; and

make practical proposals for activity to support independent living.

Dame Jane Campbell, former chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, will chair the expert panel. Rob Greig, National Director for Learning Disabilities, will be vice-chairman.

Expert panel members include a range of experts in the field of independent living, including disabled people, and people from organisations of disabled people, user-led groups and service delivery organisations.

I am pleased to announce that members of the independent living review expert panel are:

Dame Jane Campbell

Expert Panel Chair, Disability Rights Commissioner, Former Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Rob Greig

Expert Panel Vice Chair, National Director for Valuing People, Co-chair of Learning Disability Task Force

Saghir Alam

Disability Rights Commission, lead Commissioner for Partnership and Capacity Building, member of CENTREX Race and Diversity Panel

Ian Basnett

Chair of Independent Living Committee, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Nasa Begum

Principal Adviser for Participation, Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE)

Zoe Carter

User Involvement Network for Mental Health Services in North Essex

John Dixon

Joint Chair of Disability Committee, Association of Directors of Social Services

David Gardiner

UK Older People’s Advisory Group, Better Government for Older People

Fazilet Hadi

Director of Policy, Royal National Institute for the Blind

Frances Hasler

Head of User Participation, Commission for Social Care Inspection

Rowen Jade

Office for Disability Issues Advisory Group

Raymond Johnson

National Manager, People First

Elaine Morton

Chief Executive, Independent Living Funds

Menghi Mulchandani

Chair, National Centre for Independent Living

Jo Williams

Chief Executive, Mencap

Jean Willson

Chair of Centre 404 (formally Islington Mencap), A local organisation founded by parents of children with learning difficulties, which provides family support, learning and leisure opportunities, and supported housing

Gerry Zarb

Head of Independent Living Strategy, Disability Rights Commission

Government departments on the Office for Disability Issues board of management will also be represented on the panel.

The first meeting of the expert panel is being held today, 11 September 2006.