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Have your say on proposed policy to improve lives of those living with disability

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

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THE public has been invited to have its say on a proposed policy that aims to improve the lives of children, young people and adults living with a disability in Gloucestershire.

Gloucestershire County Council is running a consultation on the proposed Building Better Lives policy.

The policy outlines changes that the council would like to make to the way it supports people of all ages who have a disability.

Councillor Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long term care, said: “We are encouraging people to support the consultation and help shape the Building Better Lives policy for everyone in Gloucestershire living with a disability.

“We have a real opportunity here to improve the way that professionals support people with a disability, focussing on them as individuals and helping them to build the lives that they really want.”

The county council is gathering the views of people with disabilities, their carers and families and a wide range of professionals from a variety of sectors.

the consultation, and online equivalent, will run until Wednesday July 2.

Through the consultation, the council will seek to agree a set of shared values that will underpin the policy and the way it supports people with a disability in the future. It will also look at how to improve the transition from childhood to adulthood in social care, education and health.

The focus will be on giving people more choice and control and using the talents of people with a disability to play a key role in delivering services.

The proposal also hopes to raise the aspirations of children and young people with a disability, including more employment opportunities.

To tell the council what you think visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/buildingbetterlives

People can also email consultations@gloucestershire.gov.uk for a copy of the questionnaire.

A series of roadshows are being planned for June and further information will be available shortly.

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