HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 cc851-2W
Mr. Goodman

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the aims are of the(a) Modern Service Working Group and (b) Activities for Managing Life Working Group; what funding his Department has granted to each in each year since 2001; how many people each has employed in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [167416]

Maria Eagle

The Modern Service Working Group meets on a quarterly basis and is the external reference group for the Disability and Carers Service Change Programme. It provides advice and guidance to officials of the Department on the impact of modernisation initiatives on disabled customers. Membership is drawn from a range of disability organisations that represent customers with physical, mental and sensory impairment.

The Activities for Managing Life Working Group was established to enable DWP to discuss directly with organisations representing the interests of disabled

old arrangements. I do not have similar information in relation to cases being dealt with under the new arrangements.