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'States needs to take ownership of disability'

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MOVING the Disability Strategy forward at a faster pace is a key concern of the Guernsey Disability Alliance.

Last night it held its annual review, which had the theme of 'Reach the Summit'.

GDA chairwoman Shelaine Green addressed an audience of deputies, those with disabilities and their family members to talk about its concerns for the future and how it is moving forward.

The strategy was voted in by the States in November.

Ms Green told of why it is 'stuck at base camp', as the strategy impacts every States department but does not 'belong' to any of them.

'Under our current system, things have the best chance of happening in a timely fashion when they are firmly owned by a particular department. If this is a strategy that affects everything then it needs to be driven from the top. But over the last year, there has been a big turnover of people in the upper levels of the civil service – nothing short of regime change.'

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