HC Deb 26 October 1999 vol 336 cc850-1W
Mr. Oaten

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to collect information on the long-term care needs of younger disabled people. [93829]

Mr. Hutton

The Department has recently introduced a new collection—the Resources, Assessment and Packages of Care (RAP) Project—which will provide information on the numbers of disabled people aged 18–64 assessed by social services and the services identified as being required to meet their needs as a result of the assessment. The data are not broken down further by age. The report of the first "Dress Rehearsal" for the RAP Project has just been published. Copies are available in the Library.

The Department also collects information on the numbers of younger disabled people in residential or nursing care and the residential and nursing care market provision. Information is also available on the numbers of younger disabled people who receive different forms of day and domiciliary care. Again, this information is available for the 18–64 age group, but it is not possible to break these figures down further by age.

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