Rethinking Care

We have been working with our allies to encourage a Parliamentary review of social care; so we're very pleased that the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has now launched an Inquiry into adult social care. You can find more details here:

Inquiry Details

It is our view that the current system is in a deep crisis that is:

  • Economic - adult social care has been cut by more than 30% since 2010
  • Political - individuals, families and the system as a whole lacks effective protection
  • Philosophical - we treat 'care' as a commodity to be purchased at the lowest price

In our view we need a universal approach that respects everybody's right to independent living and encourages the development of thriving and inclusive communities. We need to make fundamental changes to the organisation, funding and purpose of the current system, bringing to an end years of means-testing, segregation and undue regulation. You can read our initial criticisms here:

Centre's initial criticisms

We have also written a full submission to the Inquiry, which will in due course be published by Parliament and so cannot yet be published online. Our submission was made with the support of the following people and organisations:

  • Simon Barrow & Virginia Moffatt on behalf of Ekklesia
  • Adrian Fry, social worker
  • Sam Sly, social worker
  • Tim Keilty on behalf of New Prospects Association
  • Michael Kendrick, independent international consultant
  • Steven Rose and Sarah Maguire on behalf of Choice Support
  • Rob Moriarty on behalf of Free to Live Leeds
  • Cheryl Barrott and Mervyn Eastman on behalf of Change Agents Coop
  • Kelly Hicks, Vinny Cowling & Jude Cowie on behalf of PFG Doncaster
  • Henry Tam, Question the Powerful
  • John O'Brien, independent international consultant
  • Tanya Moore, social worker
  • Les Scaife on behalf of West Lancs Peer Support
  • Dominic Lodge, Best Buddies UK
  • Catherine Hale, independent disability researcher
  • Bob Rhodes and Colin Campbell on behalf of Livesthroughfriends
  • Damian Bridgeman, disability leader
  • Robin Jackson, independent researcher
  • Brian Fisher, GP and health and community development activist
  • Claudia Gillberg, independent researcher
  • David Towell on behalf of the Centre for Inclusive Futures
  • Susan Kellett on behalf of the LD Carers Community
  • Jules Hip
  • Clare Bradley
  • Sue Thompson on behalf of Direct Inclusive Collaboration Enterprise (DICE)
  • Jane Gregory, freelance journalist
  • Denise & Jayd Clarke
  • Sandra & Rachel Monkman
  • Liz Ellis
  • Liz Leach on behalf of Imagineer, The Outsiders and the National Brokerage Network
  • Frances Brown, independent international consultant
  • Susan McDonald-Bryant, carer
  • Aarne Rajalahti on behalf of KVPS Finland
  • Molly Mattingly, independent international consultant
  • Melanie O'Neil, communication consultant
  • Ralph Broad on behalf of the Local Area Coordination Network CIC for England and Wales
  • Cornwall People First
  • Tim Stainton, Professor, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, University of British Columbia
  • Stephen Sloss on behalf of Salvere
  • Anthony Thorn, The Oxfordshire Wheel
  • Katherine Runswick-Cole, Professor of Critical Disability Studies & Psychology
  • Alicia Wood, advocate for people with learning disabilities
  • Pat Stack, disability leader
  • Pippa Murray on behalf of IBK Initiatives
  • Jan Walmsley, Convenor of the LDE Academic Network
  • Reverend Caroline Greenwood
  • Jacqui Gough, relative of member of Botton Village
  • Chris Howells, Managing Director Koru Consulting
  • Vinesh Kumar, iDirect
  • Camphill Families and Friends
  • Nan Carle, independent international consultant
  • Tom Marx, Camphill Co-worker
  • Katie Clarke on behalf of Justice Together
  • Nadia Clarke, disability leader
  • Jackie Riis-Johannessen, parent of person with learning disabilities at Botton Village
  • Alain Catzeflis, parent of person with learning disabilities at Delrow Village
  • Tim Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Camphill Milton Keynes Communities
  • Steve Briault on behalf of the Alliance for Camphill
  • Don Derrett, disability advocate
  • Julian Haxby, brother of a disabled resident at the Delrow Camphill Community
  • Peter Gay, independent trainer and consultant
  • John Burton, independent social care consultant
  • John Dalrymple, Neighbourhood Networks & In Control Scotland
  • Frances Brown, independent international consultant
  • Frances Francis
  • Monica Darrington, Pat Davis, Jill Darrington & Stephen Darrington family of resident at Botton Village
  • Dr Marcus van Dam, GP
  • Anita Bennett, Chair of Rescare
  • Sam Smith, C-Change
  • Eri Mounbatten, Director of WinWin Training
  • John Sargent on behalf of L'Arche UK
  • Alliance for Camphill
  • Marion McKay
  • Judy & Ian Bailey, Camphill
  • Dr Liz Tilley, Open University
  • Michael Green of Gannicox CIC
  • James Arnold, Botton, Village Family Group
  • B & P Lewis, Botton Village Family Group
  • Owen Lewis, Botton, Village Family Group
  • Sue Long, Botton Village Family Group
  • Pippa Unwin, Botton Village Family Group
  • Amina Tuton, Botton Village Family Group
  • Brian Knight, Botton Village Family Group
  • Sally Murray-Jones
  • Valerie Cole
  • Petra Thomas

Our submission has now been made. If you are interested to see it please contact Simon Duffy. We will update this page as more information becomes available from the Inquiry.

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