Health: Young People

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 9th May 2011.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the provision of support to children and young people with long-term health conditions.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In January, the Prime Minister hosted a meeting with the Minister of State for Children and Families, Sarah Teather, the Minister for Public Health, Anne Milton, and myself, to discuss the planned special education needs and disability Green Paper.

I have had discussions with the Minister of State for Children and Families about the best approach to exploring a single assessment process and education, health and social care plans as mentioned in the special education needs and disability Green Paper, and I have also agreed to explore whether the single assessment process might also be used to support claims for disability living allowance and personal independence payment.

Officials from the Office for Disability Issues and the Department for Work and Pensions are in regular contact with their counterparts in the Department for Education as work on the special education needs and disability Green Paper progresses. I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the SEN and D Green Paper consultation and to working with colleagues across Government to ensure disabled young people are appropriately supported to enter and remain in work.

In addition, I have hosted two round tables recently—one with parents of disabled children to discuss the SEN and D Green Paper, which was attended by representatives from the Department for Education; and the other with various representatives from, for example, social services, Mencap, and local authorities where we discussed transition from education to employment for people with learning disabilities. This event was attended by representatives from the Department of Health.

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