Community care, employment and benefits

Sheila Riddell, Stephen Baron and Alastair Wilson

in The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342232
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303886 | DOI:
Community care, employment and benefits

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This chapter aims to understand the shape of lifelong learning for people with learning difficulties, which is essential to comprehending the operation of local social-care markets. It notes that for the general population, lifelong-learning programmes are funded from personal education and employment budgets. The chapter further notes that for people with learning difficulties, lifelong learning is often funded by social or health services. It analyses community-care policies as they developed over the last decade. The chapter explores the nature of contracting arrangements between service purchasers and providers to identify the locus of power. It questions the extent to which social-care markets are delivering choice and diversity of provision, empowering service users to exercise control over their future life course, through case studies of three adults with learning difficulties in a market town in our rural study area.

Keywords: lifelong learning; learning difficulties; social-care markets; lifelong-learning programmes; community-care policies; case studies

Chapter.  6797 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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