‘Most in need might lose out in policy’

    People with severe learning difficulties could lose out under
    new government policies unveiled this week, charities have

    Mencap said a report by the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
    published this week puts independent living at the heart of the
    strategy but fails to address those “most in need” of support.

    Although other organisations welcomed the report, complaints
    remained that it was short on detail. How funding would be
    allocated is also unclear, although the document admits no new
    money would be set aside to implement the plan.

    The report proposes the introduction of individual budget plans
    from this year with full implementation by 2012.

    One disability campaigner described the proposals as a “radical
    change” to the way in which budgets are organised and services

    The plans are based on a Valuing People pilot which has been
    running in eight councils for the past year.
    Councils are to be given a “key strategic role” in implementing the
    proposals, which will be clarified in greater detail in the green
    paper on adult social care and driven forward by a new office for
    disability issues.

    Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People from www.cabinet-office.gov.uk


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