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Disabled People: Leonard Cheshire Report

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to Leonard Cheshire Disability’s report Disability and the downturn; and what action they will take on its findings. [HL1290]

The department welcomes the report and is aware of the difficulties that disabled people may face in a recession. The Minister for Disabled People met with Leonard Cheshire on 19 January to discuss the report and its annual review. However, the department will not be publishing a formal response to the report.

We believe no one should be left behind on benefits or in poverty. We have a range of programmes designed to help disabled people overcome barriers and obstacles and move into and retain employment. Pathways to Work is available to everyone claiming incapacity benefits and employment and support allowance in Great Britain, and we have a range of specialist provision, including Access to Work, for those with greater needs.