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New government consultation on learning disabilities announced

7th December 2007

The government has launched a new consultation intended to assess the priorities for learning disability support over the next three years.

Care services minister Ivan Lewis initiated Valuing People Now – From Progress To Transformation as a cross-government consultation which will set the agenda across a range of issues including health, well-being, employment and community inclusion.

The consultation will build on the objectives set out in the government’s Valuing People white paper, released in 2001 and which focused on rights, independence, choice and inclusion.

Key areas of this latest consultation include the personalisation agenda which aims to give those with learning disabilities more choice and control through individual budgets, direct payments and person-centred planning.

It will also look at ways to help people be more socially included in their local communities, with a focus on employment.

Access to better housing and health will also be highlighted as important government priorities for supporting those with learning disabilities.

Mr Lewis commented: “I urge people with learning disabilities, their carers and front-line professionals to respond to this consultation over the next three months so the final strategy can achieve a major revitalisation of the Valuing People agenda and reflect people’s everyday aspirations and experiences.”

Earlier this year, the Department of Health announced the launch of an independent enquiry chaired by former chief executive of Guy’s Sir Jonathan Michael regarding the access to healthcare for those with learning disabilities.

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