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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 final days: disability at the end of the welfare state, 1973–79

The final days: disability at the end of the welfare state, 1973–79

(p.181) Six The final days: disability at the end of the welfare state, 1973–79
Disability and the Welfare State in Britain

Jameel Hampton

Policy Press

This chapter examines expectations for new statutory provision for disabled people including a national disability income amidst the collapse of the welfare state. Driven on by the power of Barbara Castle as Secretary of State for Social Services and the feeling that the Wilson governments of the 1960s failed in creating adequate social welfare provision, Labour created four new cash benefits. These benefits seemed to have reversed the welfare state’s exclusion of disabled people. It was also in this period that provision in services under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 began to come under scrutiny from academics and the media. An assessment of the state of play on the ground in cash and services will serve as a benchmark for the overall record of the welfare state’s contribution to the welfare of disabled people.

Keywords:   Labour governments, 1974-9, Barbara Castle, cash benefits, social welfare, national disability income

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