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DoH Supports Independent Living for Adults

Magazine article Public Finance

DoH Supports Independent Living for Adults

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Health Secretary Alan Johnson has promised greater resources as part of a three-year strategy to help adults with learning disabilities to live more independently.

The Department of Health said the programme, Valuing People Now, would emphasise the identification and spread of best practice, but would create few burdens on frontline services.

Responsibility for commissioning and funding social care for people with learning disabilities is already due to transfer from the NHS to local government in 2009/10.

The department's VPN team would develop tools to support local action to deliver transformation, it said. A cross-government employment strategy will be launched in April to help more people with learning disabilities find work.

Johnson said on January 19: All people with learning disabilities must be supported to live full, independent lives as equal citizens across all aspects of life. …

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