Power needs to be redistributed to citizens, to local communities and true democracy needs to be restored to public life.
Politics & Economics of Personal Budgets
In the first of a short series of essays Simon Duffy explores the political and economic challenges of moving towards personal budgets.
Welfare: The Leadership Challenge
Susan Harrison reflects on the challenge of being critical about the welfare state from within the welfare state and the need for integrity.
Example of Flexible Support Contract
This is a real but anonymised contract between a local authority and a service provider enabling the service provider to use Individual Service Funds (ISFs).
Demystifiying Individual Service Funds
These slides summarise guidance on the use of Individual Service Funds and the future of commissioning for health and social care.
People, Places, Possibilities
Written by Ralph Broad, this report describes the positive progress on Local Area Coordination in England and Wales.
Localism: As If People Mattered
Laird Ryan calls for localism to be brought back to the grassroots where it truly belongs.
Private Good, Public Bad
The prevailing fiction of our times is that the private sector is better at running things than the public sector, Virginia Moffatt explores the reality.
The Threat of Micro-Institutionalisation
Robin Jackson explains why people with learning disabilities are threatened by a growing trend to micro-institutionalisation.
LDA England Survey
A breakdown of the results from the recent Quality Checking Government survey carried out by Learning Disability Alliance England.
Jo Battersby undertook research in the UK to try and determine the role of government in strengthening communities to deliver social change for people with disabilities.
What Went Wrong with Welfare Reform?
Simon Duffy explores the reality of welfare reform in the UK.
The Fate of Social Care
Simon Duffy talks about the fate of social care.