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Foreword by David Brindle
In the face of major global demographic change, social care policy and practice are
in urgent need of radical reform and reassessment. Rising poverty, inequality and
pressure on local communities internationally, are also increasing the urgent need
for reform. Drawing on the crisis-ridden UK experience as a case-study, this highly
original book identifies the limits of the traditional welfare state in taking
forward policy for the twenty-first century. The proposals amount to a renewed
approach to social care, based on the philosophy of independent living as originally
developed by the international disabled people’s movement and subsequently embodied
in a United Nations treaty applicable to all in need of care and support. Despite
wide international sign up since adoption in 2008 there is little evidence of any
nation successfully delivering. For the first time, this book offers both a
blueprint for an environmentally sustainable, rights-based approach to social care
and a practical route to achieving it.