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Living strategy for disabled people to launch

Living strategy for disabled people to launch
7th December 2007

An independent living strategy for disabled people is to be launched next year by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI).

The new legislation is part of government plans to create equality for disabled people by 2025.

An expert panel including disabled people and chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell has been set up to shape and steer the review.

It will publish a five-year strategy to provide disabled people with more control over the support they need to go about their daily lives in early 2008.

Anne McGuire, minister for disabled people, said: "In the past year the ODI and key government departments have made good progress on the journey to equality for disabled people."

Government legislation is led by the Equality 2025 advisory body. This is made up of 23 members, all of whom are disabled.

The aim of the body is to act as a voice for disabled people to ensure that they influence policy.

The group also co-ordinated the UK's signing of the UN’s Convention on Disability Rights.

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