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Care Services: Independent Living

Volume 702: debated on Tuesday 24 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When their investigation into the impact of reforms to the benefit system, employment support programmes and charging policies within adult social care, outlined in their independent living strategy, will begin. [HL4085]

The investigation by the Office for Disability Issues outlined in the independent living strategy will begin after the publication of the Green Paper on care and support in early 2009.

Government departments have been required to carry out disability equality impact assessments on new policies since December 2006. An equality impact assessment will be provided when DWP publishes its response to the recent public consultation about proposals to reform the specialist disability employment programmes. This is due for publication in the summer.

The Green Paper on care and support, to be published in early 2009, will include an assessment of the impact on equality. Final decisions on the reform of social care funding will take account of the interaction with benefits and employment support programmes, and the impact on disability equality.