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The Local Government Association has released a statement that 91% of 600 councillors support a campaign for reform of social care launched by a partnership called Social Care Futures. As part of re-building society post-pandemic, their campaign calls for social care to serve the purpose of enabling people in need of care and support to: ‘live in the place we call home, be with the people and things that we love, in communities where we care about and support each other, doing the things that matter to us’. This is a warming vision whose worthiness few will dispute. But before […]
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The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has published a document setting out how independent living, as defined by the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, can and should be written into domestic law. The document addresses the breadth of issues relevant to independent living, including recommendations relevant to such as transport and housing. As far as social care is concerned its recommendations describe a route to a newly envisioned but financially sustainable future built to deliver independent living. What is independent living? It is first important to understand what the UN means by independent living. It […]
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NINE TESTS OF THE AUTHENTICITY OF HOLYROOD’S COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS Joint authors:  Colin Slasberg and Peter Beresford We have previously set out why we believe the Feeley review of Adult Social Care in Scotland has the potential to be truly ground breaking. Its first and primary recommendation is that social care should be established on a human rights basis. Whilst it also makes recommendations about structural change, the report recognises that structural change without cultural change is no change at all. While the rhetoric of human rights has littered social care policy for at least two decades, Feeley is […]
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