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Washed and dressed by 8am with no-where to go. (Reported by a woman at a Glasgow Disability Alliance Seminar)

Today, many see care as an act of charity or protection; or the management of helpless incapacitated dependents by able autonomous superiors. However, within dictionary definitions of care, there is a distinction between the practicalities of ‘caring for’’ and the … Continue reading

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When is a tax not a tax

Westminster politicians are presently arguing over the ethics of taxation; its value to public services, and its fairness to those who pay. Yet many in Scotland fall shy of recognising that ‘charges’ imposed upon disabled and elderly people for personal … Continue reading

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The tyranny of the majority

As a member of a permanent minority (disabled people) I am increasing concerned about the aftermath of the referendum debate in Scotland; and,especially, how it will affect the ‘Yes’ camp if they become ‘the minority’ within this so-called democratic decision-making … Continue reading

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Letter from 10 Downing Street

I am in receipt of an  undated letter/circular, from 10, Downing Street and signed by David Cameron, which I have found to be rather insensitive and insulting. It refers, in a rather self-congratulatory manner, to the Government’s introduction of the … Continue reading

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Asset Based Participative Citizenship: the Role of the Independent Living Fund in some ‘blue sky’ thinking.

Introduction Five disabled people recently won an appeal in the High Court in London to halt the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF). They argued that the Government had not followed their duties to assess the impact this would … Continue reading

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Personalisation and the value of social care

Talk given at Social Services Expo and Conference; 19 March 2013 In their report to the Scottish Government, in 2005, Charles Leadbetter (the grand godfather of Personalisation) and Hannah Lownsbrough (of the think-tank Demos) state: “Good social work is done … Continue reading

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Expert Welfare Reform Group

The Scottish Government has set up an Expert Welfare Reform Group to look at how welfare could be costed in an independent Scotland. This cannot and should not be done without some thought being given to what kind of welfare we want to … Continue reading

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The Bedroom Tax, some facts and figures

2012 has already seen 49,730 recipients of Local Housing Allowance (LHA) lose an average of £10 per week as a result of changes in housing benefit brought about by the UK Government’s welfare reforms. In addition, 9,000 (18%) LHA recipients … Continue reading

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Internalising ‘the haves’ perception of ‘the have nots’

I’ve been reflecting on the position most of us are presently in, that of resource poverty, within a financially austere society: we all seem to be scared of asking for, or even mentioning, things which should be rightfully ours in … Continue reading

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Is it right to buy a right?

Are we turning our market economy into a market society, where everything can be bought for a price, including privilege and rights? This is the question set out in a new book by Michael Sandel, Professor of Philosophy at Harvard … Continue reading

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