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Citizenship, Work & SDS Citizenship, Work & SDS Presentation Transcript

  • Citizenship & Work Dr Simon Duffy ■ The Centre for Welfare Reform ■ Scotland ■ July 2012 ■
  • Dr Simon Duffy• 22 years working on reforming welfare systems, especially with people with learning difficulties and their families• Invented Individual Budgets, RAS, SDS and Keys to Citizenship.• Works to support innovations in the design of the welfare state to promote citizenship, family, community and fairness.
  • Centre for Welfare Reform• The welfare state is a good thing,• Its just designed wrong• Based on 1945 thinking• Needs to promote citizenship, family and community• Needs to be fairer
  • Key messages1.The goal is citizenship2.Citizenship is for all3.Work is part of citizenship4.Citizenship demands SDS5.SDS helps folk to work
  • 1. The goal is citizenship
  • what are the alternatives?• Death... extreme eugenics• Exclusion... institutionalisation• Care... undignified and minimal• Improving... waiting for readiness
  • We must make a choice:Either exclusion (in one or allof its forms) or inclusion.Either reduced status orequal citizenship.
  • equality means: citizenshipAbove all, I think the idea ofcitizenship should remain at the centreof modern political debates aboutsocial and economic arrangements.The concept of a citizen is that of aperson who can hold their head highand participate fully and with dignity inthe life of their society. Professor Jeremy Waldron
  • 2. Citizenship is for all
  • Citizenship is not about beingthe same as other people.Sameness kills citizenship.Citizenship is living togetheras equals - in all ourdiversity.
  • Equality of Condition, though it is certainly a basicrequirement for justice, is nevertheless among thegreatest and most uncertain ventures... Wheneverequality becomes a mundane fact in itself, without anygauge by which it can be measured or explained, thenthere is one chance in a hundred that it will berecognised simply as the working principle of apolitical organisation in which otherwise unequalpeople have equal rights; there are ninety-ninechances that it will be mistaken for an innate qualityof every individual, who is “normal” if he is likeeverybody else and “abnormal” if he happens to bedifferent. This perversion of equality from a politicalinto a social concept is all the more dangerous when asociety leaves but little space for special groups andindividuals, for then the differences become all themore conspicuous. Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
  • But what does citizenshiplook like?What are the keys tocitizenship?How do we achievecitizenship?
  • 3. Work is part of citizenship
  • We contribute• By being ourselves• Joining in community life• Sharing our gifts• Making things
  • Work is brilliant, because:• We express our gifts, plus• We help other people• We earn money• We make friends
  • Work is not the only way ofcontributingBut it offers brilliantopportunitiesOpportunities everyoneshould get a chance to enjoy
  • 4. Citizenship demands SDS
  • System spendspeople’s money forthem on thingsthey wouldn’t buyfor themselves
  • Self-Directed Support
  • Place N Change6 Sites Phase I Report 60 -18%17 Sites Phase II Report 128 -9%13 Sites IBSEN Report 203 -6%Northants 17 -18.7%City of London 10 -30%Worcestershire 73 -17%
  • Not Direct Payments,because1. It’s about entitlements - not cash2. It’s about the right point of control3. It’s about supporting decisions4. It is not about employing staff5. It is for everyone
  • clear entitlements - up-front
  • different ways to control a budget
  • returning to the values of social work
  • personalised solutions
  • universal system
  • 5. SDS helps folk to work
  • The real innovators aredisabled people & their familiesJohn O’Brien
  • Real Wealth
  • from push to pull economics
  • flexibility creates efficiency
  • Jonathan’s storyFor the 3 years before 150 days in hospital -responding to problems with breathing.In the 3 years after leaving hospital he has spentonly 2 nights in hospital - for elective dentaltreatments.Personalised learning - on the job - 2 City & GuildsQualifications.Saving NHS, LA & Education•Over £100,000 in hospital stays•Over £300,000 in residential care costs•Over £100,000 of funding contributed by the LSC
  • Making work natural...1. Paying a supported employment provider2. Employing a job coach3. PA can be a job coach4. Building it into school curriculum5. Family-led jobs6. Supporting Project SEARCH7. Micro-enterprises or more8. Self-employment9. Adaptations with employers
  • communities are not products
  • Strategic leadership is stillrequired.SDS must support not blockwork as an option.Community provides thesolutions we need.
  • A rabbi asked his students how theycould tell when the dawn had come andmorning prayers could be said. Onestudent responded by saying, “Whenyou can see the sheep on the hill.”Another suggested that one can tellthat the dawn has come when a personis able to distinguish between a fig treeand a grapevine. “No,” said the wiseone. “It is dawn when you can look intothe faces of human beings and youhave enough light within you torecognize them as your sisters andbrothers.”
  • For more information go towww.centreforwelfarereform.org These slides are © Simon Duffy 2012 ■ Publisher is The Centre for Welfare Reform ■ Slides can be distributed subject to conditions set out at www.centreforwelfarereform.org ■