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Learning Disability

Health written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with a learning disability in England who are being supported (a) exclusively or (b) predominantly through a health budget; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

Personal health budgets are currently being piloted across England. Over 2,700 people have been recruited into an independent evaluation programme. Around half of them will have personal health budgets; the remainder are in a control group. The evaluation does not include a specific cohort of people with learning disabilities. So, although it is likely that many people with learning disabilities are involved in the pilot, we do not yet know how many, or to what extent their needs are being supported through a personal health budget.

However, the evaluation team will gather information and report on the conditions that people have, including learning disabilities. The final evaluation report is due in October 2012.

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