Independent living for disabled people: Making it happen

Simone Aspis (British Council of Disabled People)

Housing, Care and Support

ISSN: 1460-8790

Publication date: 1 December 2005


The Government's 2005 Green Paper on Adult Social Care put forward a vision of ‘independence, well‐being and choice’. While the notion of independent living was central to the vision and to the substantive policy proposals presented in the Green Paper, there was no definition of what ‘independent living’ actually means. The British Council of Disabled People supports many of the ideas in the Green Paper, such as the proposed introduction of individualised budgets. It also has concerns about the continuing lack of basic rights to receive support and to live independently in one's own home, and about the way in which the new vision will be financed and implemented.


Aspis, S. (2005), "Independent living for disabled people: Making it happen", Housing, Care and Support, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 34-40.

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