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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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The emergence of disabled people, 1964–69

The emergence of disabled people, 1964–69

(p.83) Four The emergence of disabled people, 1964–69
Disability and the Welfare State in Britain

Jameel Hampton

Policy Press

This chapter examines a dynamic period when the recognition of disabled people, and the belief that the state should play a bigger role in their welfare, permeated society. The liberalising of attitudes toward the welfare of disadvantaged groups, the strength of the rediscovery of poverty and the promise of a new Labour government were among the elements that created the excitement of the time and the possibility of great change. Created in 1965, the efforts of the Disablement Income Group (DIG) – especially those of its leader, Megan du Boisson –compelled both major parties, the House of Commons, the Trades Unions Congress to engage with the welfare of disabled people as an unjust oversight of the settlement of the 1940s. Through the media, the Disablement Income Group drove home the plight of disabled people and made it widely accepted that some sort of cash provision was needed alongside services.

Keywords:   Labour governments 1964-70, Megan du Boisson, Disablement Income Group, Trades Union Congress

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