The National Campaign for the Young Chronic Sick, 1965 to 1970

UPDATE: A 3rd Edition of this book is planned for early in 2022, with new information about the National Campaign that will take it up to 1973. This is still emerging research and any pointers to further records (files, minute books, etc) would be gratefully received.

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  • In 1965 a group of disabled people and their allies – all Labour Party members – created a policy calling for a radically new form of social care, which we now know as personal assistants, PAs.
  • This campaign for independent living became the National Campaign for the Young Chronic Sick. A small but very influential political campaign, it continued until 1970 and concluded its work with a new law giving disabled people legal rights to certain services in their homes.
  • The title of this research – “we are bloody angry” – comes from the fourth newsletter published by the National Campaign for the Young Chronic Sick in 1967, after the hostility they faced from the government when trying to get this new policy implemented.
  • This research has begun to uncover those bloody angry voices, and tell the story of their struggle for the first time.