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Government to invest £18m in supported living technologies and services

Kathleen Hall and Cliff Saran

Government innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £18m over four years in technologies to help support independent living for older people.

The Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale programme (Dallas) will set up five sites with 10,000 users per site to show how assisted living technologies and services can be used to promote well-being. The programme is also intended to help to grow the assisted living sector in the UK.

Universities and science minister David Willetts said, "British companies have made great progress in developing new independent living technologies. The market for these services is now growing rapidly in the UK and across the world. This investment will provide opportunities for British companies to showcase themselves in valuable new ways."

Iain Gray, the Technology Strategy Board's chief executive, said, "This demonstrator programme will be the next step towards the aspiration of providing assisted living services for millions of people across the UK. The key objective behind the programme is to take the next step towards integrating new healthcare and well-being technology and services across the public sector, the private sector and the third sector, including by charities and social enterprises."

The programme will also show how cost savings could be made alongside the provision of improved health benefits for both public and private provision, while opening new markets in social innovation, service innovation and wellness.

There will be a total investment over four years of £23m. The Technology Strategy Board will invest £18m in the UK-wide programme while the Scottish government has agreed to invest a further £5m, to establish one of the sites in Scotland.

A competition for contracts to establish the Dallas sites will open in June 2011.


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