The costs and benefits of independent living

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Hurtsfield, Jennifer; Parashar, Urvashi; Schofield, Kerry
Office for Disability Issues
Date of publication
1 May 2007
Disabled people, Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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Report presenting the findings of research aimed to inform the first stage of the Independent living review, a 12-month project being carried out by the Office of Disability Issues to develop practical proposals to tackle the barriers to independent living. The study is formed of two components. First, an extensive review of the literature on the potential costs and benefits associated with investment in independent living support, as compared to more conventional forms of service provision. Second, five illustrative case studies of individual circumstances were undertaken in order to investigate different types of independent living support in detail and uncover examples of costs and benefits to complement the literature review evidence. At an individual level, there is substantial qualitative evidence, from both the literature review and the case study research, suggesting that independent living provides significantly more benefits than conventional forms of service provision. At service delivery level, several published evaluations that were identified in the literature highlighted the reduced costs involved in the delivery of independent living support mechanisms.

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