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Tuesday, 10th January 2012

UK: Responsible Reform: A Report on the Proposed Changes to Disability Living Allowance (The Spartacus Report)

Source: Ekklesia (UK)

From the Introduction:

For many years, Welfare Reform has not served sick and disabled people well. For this group, above any other, social security is not an abstract term. It is often, literally, the security to live in society with the same inherent freedoms that anyone might enjoy.

If an illness or disability is so debilitating, so disabling, that you become unable to work, or your barriers to work become greater, then it is only this social security that can ensure those freedoms. If you rely entirely on the sup- port of the state and there is little or no chance of that every changing, then it is not just desirable that reform is fair, it is vital. Reforms that do not have a strong base in the needs of disabled people will fail....

This report aims to give a voice to the millions of sick and disabled people who rely on effective support to live productive lives. It aims to present a strong evidence base on which to build effective reform. Most importantly, it aims to provide an alternative plan for reform based on the needs and opinions of sick and disabled people themselves, a plan they could support and work with Government to implement.

+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 517 KB)

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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