The costs and benefits of independent living: executive summary: summary

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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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Summary of a report presenting the findings of research aiming 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 objectives of the study were an extensive review of the literature and evidence already available, and a close examination of individual scenarios through a series of case studies. The literature review showed that the delivery of independent living support to disabled people is more cost effective, or at least no more expensive, than traditional care provision. The main messages that emerged from the case study investigations largely corroborated the literature review findings. As found in the published material, independent living options often revealed themselves to be more cost effective, to varying degrees, than conventional systems of support.

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