Policy change or retrenchment?

Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer

in Independent futures

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347183
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302599 | DOI:
Policy change or retrenchment?

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This chapter first discusses the links between user-led organisations and traditional statutory and voluntary sector service providers, and how far and in what ways possibilities are being exploited for services supportive of independent living and social inclusion. The second section reviews attempts to counter the entrenched dominance of professionals in disabled people's lives, and the potential for alternative ways of delivering services. Finally, it reviews recent New Labour proposals for a significant shift in health and ‘social care’ policy that accords a major role to independent living-type support services, including user-controlled organisations.

Keywords: user-led organizations; disabled people New Labour; health care policy; social care policy; independent living

Chapter.  7421 words. 

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