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Our editorial policy:

Promote equality of citizenship
Promote the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in every aspect of society
To provide readers with essential information in accessible language
Encourage people to express themselves in the magazine
Challenge laws, regulation and traditional ideas which hamper people from achieving their aspirations
Publicise examples of radical ideas being put into practice


We need a united voice for England now more than ever

Intro: Jan Walmsley attended the launch of Learning Disability England where its chairman Gary Bourlet called for self-advocates, families, carers and organisations to work together to achieve change Learning Disability England was launched in the House of Lords on a very showery June day. It was a tremendous event, chaired by the inimitable Gary Bourlet, […]

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Would knowledge of the origins of village communities help us to understand them?

Simon Jarrett looks back on a controversy about village communities that erupted in Community Living 16 years ago and wonders whether a knowledge of history might help in understanding how some unusual ideas come about. In 2000 Jean Collins of Values Into Action (VIA) wrote an article for Community Living that caused quite a stir. […]

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See what’s in Community Living’s Autumn Issue and subscribe.

Subscribe and access our current issue articles and our archive Check out our open articles  Jan Walmsley reports on the LDE launch and Simon Jarrett looks back on a controversy about village communities. See what’s in our current issue Frank comes to terms with Brexit fall-out Benefits and social care law Charlie Callanan on preparing […]

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Squaring the circle for vulnerable people

Volunteers are making a real difference, says Sarah Reilly Despite the shock and horror of Winterbourne View there are still thousands of service users miles away from the inner London boroughs with accountability. These people are some of the most vulnerable members of our society but most receive only one statutory visit a year, often […]

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Keeping abreast of Adult Social Care Law

WHATEVER HAPPENS WE ALL NEED TO BE ON TOP OF THE LAW. If you didn’t make it to our Manchester Belinda Schwehr Care Act seminar don’t despair. If you subscribe to Community Living you get her regular articles keeping you up-to-date with judgements and the law. Our Autumn Issue 30.1 reports on the Care act […]

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Check out Belinda Schwehr’s Care and the Care Act blog

Schwehr on CARE is Belinda Schwehr’s contribution to supporting people who are interested in adults’ social care to use the Care Act, together with public law principles. The idea is that the Act might then really make the kind of difference that it was intended to bring about. The blog will do this by encouraging […]

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Is there any point to commissioning?

Mike Webster poses this question and comes to the conclusion that, yes, there is a point to commissioning when it is a creative force that gets the best out of people and organisations.
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Social care law/Care Act

 Do these councils’ policies ensure wellbeing?

Two councils are planning to cap own home care costs at the equivalent value of those for a care home. Does that fit with the Care Act framework and the principle of wellbeing enshrined in it? Belinda Schwehr has reservations.

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