Disability office idea wins approval

    Campaigners have welcomed government plans to create a new unit
    to help departments co-ordinate and develop disability
    policies.

    John Knight, head of policy at disability charity Leonard Cheshire,
    said that the Office for Disability Issues announced last week was
    an “important development that has the potential to make a real
    difference”.

    The office would help enable better working between ministers and
    civil servants from various departments and would look to involve
    disabled people. It would also seek to focus government on
    disability as a distinct subject.

    “Policies from all government departments can affect disabled
    people so having an office to co-ordinate policies and ensure
    unified goals is extremely important,” Knight said.

    The unit was proposed in last week’s Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit
    report on disability services.

    It would be “owned” and have its work planned by the departments of
    health, work and pensions, education and skills, transport and the
    Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

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

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