Disability report gets thumbs-up

Charities have hailed as "ground-breaking" the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit report Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People.

One of the paper's most significant proposals is the creation of a government office to deal with disability issues, a post that Leonard Cheshire has lobbied for.

Contact a Family applauded the report for recognising that the parents of the UK's 770,000 disabled children need their own support. It also welcomed the proposal that by 2006, every family should have a key worker to help them get the services they need.

The report also highlighted housing issues, such as the problems faced by families in seeking vital adaptations to their homes.

A statement from a coalition of charities, including Mencap, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Scope and NCH, said: "This influential report shows the appalling truth that three out of four families with disabled children live in unsuitable housing."

But London Play attacked the report's 20-year timescale, saying two more generations of disabled children would stay disadvantaged.

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