Community Care, no. 1320, 2000, p. 8-9
Looks at the implications of the institution of the Disability Rights Commission for the work of social services departments, and how the councils see their relationship with the Commission developing.
Financial Times, Apr. 20th 2000, p. 7
A newly Launched Disability Rights Commission will undertake formal investigations into alleged discrimination and bring cases against employers and formulate best-practice action plans with business organisations. It will also act as an information service.
(See also Guardian, Apr. 20th 2000, p. 9 and Daily Telegraph, Apr. 20th 2000, p. 12)
Disability and Society, vol. 15, 2000, p. 327-341
Both Conservative and Labour governments in the UK have introduced measures to promote labour force participation among disabled people, whilst discouraging dependence on welfare benefits. The welfare reform process has been driven by number of official concerns including a perception of unsustainable fiscal pressure and a belief that perverse incentives in the benefit system have undermined economic efficiency. It has been legitimated by an ideology of citizenship that has shifted moral responsibility for needs satisfaction away from the state to the individual. Paper concludes by proposing a better approach to welfare reform for disabled people of working age.
Social Services Inspectorate
Department of Health, 2000
Outlines key principles for improving services to disabled parents:
Community Care, no. 1319, 2000, p. 4-5
The new Disability Commission could take social services departments to court over mental health and adoption services that discriminate against disabled people. Users with mental problems often receive a lower level of standard of service compared with people with physical disabilities. Social Services directors plan to develop a code of good practice for social services users as well as a protocol for dealing with complaints.