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Independent futuresCreating user-led disability services in a disabling society$
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Colin Barnes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347183

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347183.001.0001

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Policy change or retrenchment?

Policy change or retrenchment?

(p.159) nine Policy change or retrenchment?
Independent futures

Colin Barnes

Geof Mercer

Policy Press

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

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