It probably says much about the comprehensive spending review that the targets were the best thing about it. There are fewer of them and they’re focused on outcomes. For example, two of the targets would help more people with learning disabilities find jobs and live in their own homes. Both underpin independent living and are key objectives of Community Care’s A Life Like Any Other campaign.
In a welcome development, Social Exclusion Task Force head Naomi Eisenstadt has called on councils to take up the new targets.
They will be able to pick and choose in keeping with the new localism, but if ever there were a case for local priorities reflecting the aspirations of a generation of service users, this was it.
Naomi Eisenstadt: Councils must prioritise social exclusion PSA
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