28 June 2002
People with disabilities are still not getting the aids they need two years after the Audit Commission highlighted the problem.
After its 2000 report, the Government put £220 million into disability equipment services but the Commission says little has reached the people who need them. Services are fragmented and organised by budget rather than what people need, it says, with people waiting for years for equipment which is often in poor condition or unsuitable.
Jacqui Smith, Minister for Social Care, said action was being taken. "We have set up a three year programme to improve services and we are not even half way through it yet. In areas where progress has been slower than we would wish, such as wheelchairs, we are taking action."