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The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties$
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Sheila Riddell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342232

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.001.0001

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Community care, employment and benefits

Community care, employment and benefits

(p.123) Seven Community care, employment and benefits
The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties

Sheila Riddell

Stephen Baron

Alastair Wilson

Policy Press

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

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