Disability and Society, vol.20, 2005, p.691-704
Paper examines the potential of the UK Human Rights Act (HRA) for expanding the rights of disabled people to claim both social welfare services and direct payments. The HRA offers disability organisations a golden opportunity to extend their clients’ claims on resources by enforcing the positive obligations on public authorities to protect citizens’ human rights. Thus failure to fund adequate social care could be construed as an attack on disabled people’s human rights. The exercise by disabled people of their democratic political rights can provide additional leverage in the fight for resources.
Housing, Care and Support, vol.8, Dec. 2005, p.34-36
Article presents comments by the British Council of Disabled People on the recent adult social care green paper. The Council points out that the green paper supports the concept of independent living for disabled people without defining it. While the Council supports many of the proposals in the green paper, such as individualised budgets, it has concerns about the continuing lack of basic rights to receive support and to live independently in one’s own home, and about how the new proposals will be financed.