- Personalised budgets in social care where people can decide
what they need and how it should be provided.
- Investment in, and improvement of, mental health services
including behavioural therapies as well as drug treatments.
- Appropriate resources and support from trained staff for
children with special educational needs in a mixture of mainstream
schools and special schools.
- Services designed to meet the needs of disabled children and
- Incapacity benefit reforms, under which people with the most
severe conditions will receive more money than they do now.
- Expansion of respite care to make looking after a relative
- Introduction of a Mental Health Bill giving patients the right
to choose the treatment they need and a pledge to protect civil
- Expansion of the number of psychiatric care places for
- Suspension of the closure of special schools.
- Appropriate training for all teachers and teaching assistants
working with children with special educational needs.
- Encouragement of the take-up of direct payments and greater
support for service users, such as help with financial
- Introduction of a £200 winter fuel payment for people with
- Introduction of a single equality act.
- A guarantee that all disabled people will have control over
their day-to-day lives.
- A guarantee that disabled children will have the right to
- Practical support to disabled people seeking employment. Better
access to justice through establishment of equality tribunals.
- An extension of anti-discrimination legislation to cover all
- A review of the disabled facilities grant, used to pay for
essential adaptations to their properties, to abolish means testing
when being used for children.
- Increased access to, and reduced waiting times for, mental
- Protected spending of primary care trust funds on mental health
- New mental health legislation giving people access to mental
health care when and how they need it.
- An increase in annual spending on countering the stigma
attached to mental health in England from the current 1.5 pence a
head of the population to 36 pence a head within five years.