My honourable friend the Minister for Disabled People (Jonathan Shaw) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
In line with good practice on non-departmental public bodies, the Office for Disability Issues commissioned an internal review of Equality 2025: the UK Advisory Network on Disability Equality in June 2009. The review recognised that Equality 2025’s remit of offering government advice and expertise on disability equality issues remains valid and recommended it should continue unchanged. The review also recommended developing Equality 2025’s strategic role as an expert group and streamlining its size. I have broadly accepted these recommendations and officials are now working towards their implementation. The full list of review recommendations is available on the Office for Disability Issues’ website.
I am pleased to announce that the Office for Disability Issues intends to publish the report of the review of equality 2025 in the first half of 2010. The document will be available on the Office for Disability Issues’ website and will also be placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.