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"Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People"

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:

The Government will set up an office for disability issues—reporting to the Minister for Disabled People—to 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.

Copies of the report have been placed in the Library and are available to hon. Members from the Vote Office.