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Independent Living Strategy

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Jonathan Shaw): On 3 March the Government published the five-year cross-Government Independent Living Strategy. The strategy sets out a series of Government commitments aimed at ensuring that disabled people have choice and control over the support they need to live their everyday lives.

The strategy was produced in partnership with disabled people and we need to ensure that disabled people are actively involved in making the strategy a reality and checking that good progress is being made. Consequently, the launch of the strategy saw the start of a consultation to seek views on how best to do this.

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The consultation closed on 20 June and I am pleased to announce that I am today placing copies of the Government’s response to this consultation in the Libraries of both Houses.

Following the consultation, and the further involvement of disabled people in the development of the Government’s response, the Government have decided to implement the following steps to make sure disabled people are actively involved in the implementation and monitoring of the strategy:

The Government’s response will be available on the Office for Disability Issues website later today (


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Jonathan Shaw): Remploy’s achievement against its targets set by Government for 2007-08.

Target DescriptionTargetAchievement

To live within the Company's financial means in the 2007-08 financial year.

Operating Result £145.8m


To meet the financial target for the overall cost of the factory network.

within £100m


To meet Job Entry targets through the Company's Employment Services business.

Total Job Entries 6,000; of which; Workstep 4,600

6,472 4,632

Remploy are due to publish their annual report and accounts in November 2008 giving further details of its performance throughout 2007-08. Copies of the annual report and accounts will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses, when it is published.

On behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, I have written to the Chairman of Remploy formally approving the provisionally agreed 2008-09 Performance and Resources Agreement between the Department and the Company. The Performance and Resources Agreement includes targets for the current year. The agreement has been negotiated on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The targets for 2008-09 are:

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Target DescriptionTarget

To live within the Company's financial means in the 2008-09 financial year.

To achieve an:

Operational funding result of £121.5m; and

To modernise the business within a Cost of £23m.

Factory businesses:

To achieve an:

Operating result of £67.6m; and a

Cost per disabled employee of £22,000.

Employment Services business - Job Entries

To achieve a:

Total of 7,500 Job Entries, of which 5,500 will be Workstep Job Entries To be achieved within an Operating Result of £29.l m.

The full agreement for 2008-09 will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Improving Health and Work: Changing Lives

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (James Purnell): My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and I have today published the Government’s response to Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of Britain’s working age population, “Working for a healthier tomorrow”.

Dame Carol’s review, published on 17 March 2008, built upon the growing evidence that work is generally good for health and that the mounting costs of ill-health are unacceptable, whether for individuals and families, for businesses or for society as a whole. Her analysis brought into focus, as never before, the scale of the economic cost of ill-health and its impact not just on work but on human life. She laid the foundation for a consensus around a new vision for health and work, setting out radical and far-reaching proposals to prevent illness; make early access to work-related health support available to all; and improve the health of the workless so that everyone with the potential to work has the support they need to do so.

Today we are responding in full to Dame Carol’s recommendations. Our response “Improving health and work: changing lives” sets out our proposals. It includes a series of pilots and programmes with the potential to redefine the ambition of health and employment support in Britain; shifting the focus of welfare beyond helping people into work to helping them stay there; and further widening the focus of national healthcare from treatment to prevention and early intervention.

Our proposals include:

Dame Carol set out a challenging vision for improving the health of the working age population. Ultimately responsibility rests with a range of people: Government; employers; trades unions; healthcare professionals; and
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individuals themselves. Today, with the publication of our response we are setting out Government’s real commitment to this agenda and how we will play our part.

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Copies of “Improving Health and Work: Changing Lives” will be placed in the Library of the House.

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