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Promote technological solutions to prolong independent living

and promote technological solutions to prolong independent living…

Our Verdict

Technological solutions to prolong independent living, also called “assistive technology”, refers to equipment to help disabled or older people increase their range of activities and independence or well-being. Section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 requires that the government reports to Parliament annually on progress made in research and development in this area.

The 2016-2017 report lists over 140 assistive technology research and development projects that the government has helped fund, many of which extend beyond 2017 in duration.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the legal requirement to report on progress in this area, the government continues to promote technological solutions to prolong independent living.  So we can consider this ‘done’. It is worth noting that more than a year has elapsed since the publication of the 2016-2017 report in December 2017, and at the time of writing there is no sign of the 2017-2018 report. We’ll be monitoring to make sure the government produces a report early in 2019 to maintain the status of ‘done’. Follow this policy for updates.

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