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Care and Support

A decent quality of life where people can live with dignity and respect is a basic human right.

For millions today and many millions more in the future, only effective care and support has the power to translate that right from an aspiration into an everyday reality.

Effective social care is central to the Commission’s vision of delivering equality and human rights. We believe that the Government must consider modernising the basic approach to care and support to achieve three key aims:

1. promote the capabilities and autonomy of each individual regardless of means

2. encourage co-production to create a sustainable infrastructure of care and support, and

3. identify and communicate the cost-benefits of reform to society as a whole.

Care and support has the potential to become a springboard, not simply a safety net, focused on helping people to maximise control over their own lives, to make social and economic contributions and to stay safe and well. The benefits of this approach will accrue to society as a whole.


From safety net to springboard

The Commission has published a new report, entitled From safety net to springboard: A new approach to care and support for all based on equality and human rights. This report concerns the future of care and support and the role it can play in promoting human rights, equality and good relations. It has been published in order to influence thinking on the future of care and support in England and it sets out the actions the Commission itself will take to help make its vision for care and support a reality. The Government plans to publish its proposals in a Green Paper on care and support in spring 2009.


Commission resources

From safety net to springboard: A new approach to care and support for all based on equality and human rights (pdf)

From safety net to springboard: A new approach to care and support for all based on equality and human rights (Word)

From safety net to springboard: A new approach to care and support for all based on equality and human rights (rft)

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