Becoming less eligible? Intellectual and developmental services in the age of austerity in the UK

Rachel Forrester-Jones, Melina Malli, Lara Sams, Rachel Harrison, David Raper

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Abstract

Background: Many people with IDD in the UK are excluded from social services and we are concerned that more people may not be receiving the care they need due to recent government austerity policies. Our aim is to investigate what has happened to people who have lost care (including community based services, personal budgets, LA funded/provided care and care from the independent sector).

Method: We interviewed 70 individuals about their use of services using the Client Service Receipt Inventory. We also asked them about their well‐being and quality of life using: the Quality of Life Questionnaire; Social Network and Employment Scale; Rosenberg self‐esteem scale; and the Glasgow Anxiety Scale. We also qualitatively explored what individuals’ daily lives were like without care compared to when they received care.

Results: We experienced challenges gaining access to some local authorities. The data collected so far suggests that people with IDD are losing care and this is affecting their quality of life.

Conclusion: Our initial review of the interview data suggests current policy may be having an adverse effect on the lives of people with IDD and their carers. The data is currently being analysed and further findings will be available in due course
Original languageEnglish
Pages570
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2018
EventInternational Association for the Scientific Investigation of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) European Congress, Diversity and Belonging: Celebrating Difference - Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens, Greece
Duration: 18 Jul 201820 Jul 2018
Conference number: 5
https://disabilitystudies.nl/en/node/1222

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association for the Scientific Investigation of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSID) European Congress, Diversity and Belonging: Celebrating Difference
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period18/07/1820/07/18
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Keywords

  • Austerity
  • Intellectual and developmental Disability
  • quality of life

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