Social care support policy has a huge impact on disabled people and carers. Even when there are lots of opportunities for disabled people and carers’ voices to be heard by policy makers, it is not always clear that this has made any difference. Disabled people and carers have long been saying that there is no point in coming to consultation events if nothing actually changes. At Inclusion Scotland we recognise that this is not enough for disabled people and carers to try to influence policy that affects them. Disabled people and carers should be making policy with decision makers and then making sure that the co-produced policy is implemented.
One of our central messages to decision makers is that intelligent, efficient and robust policies on services that affect disabled people and carers must be informed by the lived experience of disabled people and carers. People-Led Policy promotes the active participation of disabled people and carers in making policy and in monitoring how that policy is implemented.