Thursday, 30 October 2014
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Update: As @milton_damian and @MarkNeary1 have quite rightly pointed out on Twitter, this post assumes that people still have to prove themselves accountable to the state. They rightly argue that:
1) the state should have to prove itself accountable to people, not the other way round
2) Mechanisms of 'accountability' like those proposed above can be and are used as stickes to beat people with
3) Things like DLA, child benefit etc don't require such 'accountability'.
So - scratch that bit of the blogpost above!
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Personally, I worry that for the short-term injection of cash, social investment models ask too high a price in terms of the amount of money that would be sucked out of supporting people with learning disabilities into the pockets of social investors. If an investment model of this type is needed (and I think new buildings are less important than building good support from good people), what about some kind of national or regional state investment bank, with guaranteed low rates of interest and the returns being used for the bank to make further investments in supporting people with learning disabilities?