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Disability and the Welfare State in BritainChanges in Perception and Policy 1948-79$
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Jameel Hampton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316428

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316428.001.0001

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(p.237) Eight Conclusions
Disability and the Welfare State in Britain

Jameel Hampton

Policy Press

The conclusion analyses disabled people and the welfare state via the personal social services and personal welfare, changing perceptions about the disabled people within the mixed economy of welfare, and developments in perception and policy under the governments of the period. It reinforces that the welfare state was not universal, nor was it excessively generous to disabled people, a group that could give comparatively little back to the economy. With Labour and the Conservatives generally viewing economic growth and full or near full employment as the means to support statutory welfare, the welfare of disabled people, many of whom were unemployed, was viewed by both parties as an expense and subject to a minimum standard of provision. Disabled people did not experience equality in incomes, outcomes, or wealth. The psychological and representative gains made with new statutory provision in the 1970s were ephemeral.

Keywords:   personal social services, personal welfare, mixed economy of welfare, Labour Party, Conservative Party

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