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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Maria Eagle): The Strategy Unit's report "Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People", is being published today as agreed Government policy. The report sets out an ambitious vision for improving the life chances of disabled people over the next 20 years.
The report focuses on four key aspects of disabled people's life chances: independent living, early years and family support, transition to adulthood, and employment. The practical measures are designed to:
increase disabled people's ability to live independentlyto enjoy increased choice and control over how their needs are met through individualised budgetsand to have the opportunity of a full home, work and community life;
enable young disabled children and their families to enjoy ordinary lives, through access to childcare, early education and early family support, to enable them to care for their child effectively and remain socially and economically included;
support disabled young people and their families through the transition to adulthood. Transition will be better planned around the needs of the individuals and service delivery will be smoother across the transition;
The Government will set up an office for disability issuesreporting to the Minister for Disabled Peopleto help coordinate disability policy across Government. There will be a Ministerial cross-government group on disability to lead and sustain the implementation process. Annual reports on progress will be presented to the Prime Minister and published on the internet.